Saturday, October 8, 2016

October 1936 - October 2016. Remember Cable Street

October 4th 1936

Sir Oswald Mosley mustered the British Union of Fascists (later re-named the British Union of Fascists and National Socialists) in order to march through the East End of London starting from an assembly point at the Royal Mint near Tower Bridge and on through Shoreditch, Limehouse, Bow and Bethnal Green. The plan was for uniformed columns of Blackshirts, (men and women) led by BUF bands and colour parties to stage a series of outdoor meetings  and speeches along the route. 
The Communist Party and local Jewish anti-fascist groups organised street barricades and blocked streets along the line of march, resulting hours of fighting with the police as the police tried to clear the route. The police could not clear the streets and despite dozens of arrests and over 100 wounded police officers, public order could not be guaranteed.
The Communists had fought under a slogan borrowed from the Red Front fighting in the Spanish Civil War at the time "Non Pasaran"- "They Shall Not Pass".
In the decades since the British Left has regurgitated this slogan whenever there has been a confrontation on the streets between British Nationalists and the assorted mobs of Reds.

The Left has elevated the 'Battle of Cable Street' to mythical proportions, claiming to have defeated the Blackshirts at Cable Street, but on the day very few Communists or Jews actually came into contact with the BUF, most of the fighting was between the anti-fascists and the police. Eventually the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police directly ordered Sir Oswald Mosley to disperse his assembled Blackshirts and the BUF marched away in disciplined ranks.

The 'great victory' of the anti-fascists was not actually reflected in reality, according to Special Branch reports of the period, the BUF saw a surge in recruitment across the East End following the 'Battle of Cable Street'. 
In the best traditions of the Left-wing, they created a mythology around Cable Street and every anniversary since the 'Reds' have marked the occasion by further exaggerations of the events there on October 4th 1936.
The real victory was that of the State; under heavy pressure from the Labour Party and from Jewish MP's, the Public Order Act 1936 was passed which banned political uniforms in Britain and was heavily aimed in its other legislation at curbing the activities of the BUF.
Although Sir Oswald Mosley and the BUF continued to campaign in London and across the country until 1940, the Public Order Act created obstacles and problems for the movement.

October 9th 2016
Assorted Marxists, Trotskyists, Leninists, anarchists, democratic socialist fellow travellers and a motley collection of black and brown 'British citizens' are set to muster in the East End of London to "celebrate" diversity and to march 'collectively' to remember 'their' great victory over fascism.
There will be much jostling to be at the front of any photo-opportunities and the Communists will be sure to remind everyone that the Communist Party was at the fore-front of the action way back in 1936. No doubt some elderly Jewish Easter-Enders will be wheeled out to tell the assembled Reds and hangers-on that 'they were there and how they were involved in some single-handed stand against the Police / Blackshirts (delete as appropriate).
Of course the Reds will stage a series of motivational speeches each one ending with clench-fist salutes and chants of "Non Pasaran".
Not sure how that will translate into Bengali, Urdu or Somali, or whether some of those 'local brown British', those who have had UK citizenship for less than 10 years will actually understand what the actual event is that they are celebrating.
But no doubt they will all gather in front of the Cable Street mural to take 'selfies' with Sadiq Khan or will chant meaningful slogans around the rally in 'Altab Ali Park'.
(Note for overseas readers of this blog - a local park re-named to reflect the Bengali community which now dominates this part of London's East End.

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  1. Excellent article British Movement!

    Some videos of the Battle of Cable Street on the Stormfront Britain nationalist forum:

  2. The BUF never actually stood in Cable Street, they formed up in Royal Mint Street, Tower Hill and never at any time tried to go into Cable Street.

  3. Excellent article as always from the BM, Honouring the past celebrating the present and preparing for the future. Northern Region BM. 14/88

  4. Many of the 'local' Reds and Jews were imported into the East End of London specifically for the Cable Street riot from as far away as Manchester and Glasgow...

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  5. Great article.Nice to read a truthful account for a change.

  6. New British Union Scotland Facebook, NBU Scotland say thank you for a truthful account of Cable Street