By Nigel Copsey (auth.)
No different political social gathering within the historical past of Britain's fascist culture has been as winning on the poll field as modern day British nationwide social gathering (BNP). This completely revised and up to date version of latest British Fascism deals an in-depth research of the BNP and its quest for social and political legitimacy.
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From Tyndall’s vantage point, looking across the Channel from his home close to the white cliffs of Dover, the decisive factor accounting for the electoral rise of Jean-Marie Le Pen had been the ‘credibility’ factor. 84 In Britain, meanwhile, the BNP languished because voters saw it as weak and irrelevant. Of all things, it was therefore ‘credibility’ that had accounted for Le Pen’s spectacular change in electoral fortunes. 86 Yet moderating the party’s image and ideology was never a vital concern for Tyndall.
Kenneth McKilliam (chair of the CNU conference and founder of the NF’s exservicemen’s organisation) and John Peacock, a pro-unity campaigner from the British Democratic Party. 113 To all intents and purposes, the founding of the British National Party saw John Tyndall retrace his footsteps and go ‘back to Front’. In 1982 Tyndall merely picked up from where he had left off two years earlier. As an extension of the New National Front – an organisation that had identical political objectives to those detailed in the NF’s Statement of Policy (1977) – the BNP was more or less a rerun of the 1970s National Front.
110 Some months later, in January 1982, the CNU was formally launched bearing names from all the respective extreme-right organisations – it even included two representatives from the National Front. The CNU subsequently issued a circular to 200 leading right-extremists and invited those who registered a positive reply to a conference that took place in London at British Rail’s Charing Cross Hotel on 27 March 1982. 111 In spite of the NF’s call for its members to boycott the CNU, a tiny NF faction did attend this unity conference.