Another crackpot set of boneheads on Merseyside?

Just when you thought there were no more ‘crackpot’ far-right sects to pop up, another one does. The fascist scene in Liverpool already has the BNP, the National Front, The Infidels of Britain, the EDL/Scouse Nationalists, the North English Frydmen, and now ………. the ‘British Movement’!!

The British Movement was originally formed in the 1960’s and was the creation of self proclaimed Nazi, Colin Jordan. Like most fascist groups they had ups and downs, splits, more splits, many fallings out, disintegration, and then a re-birth.

The British Movement have not had much impact on the far right scene for well over twenty five years. In fact, I thought they no longer existed until I saw a sticker in Preston a few weeks ago (the sticker above was seen in Bootle). A brief internet trawl shows they have an infrequently updated website, which is full of the usual nonsense you would expect from such creatures.

It is not yet clear whether there is a re-launched group, or whether they just produce stickers which have got into the hands of local boneheads.

Any information re the origin of the stickers, more sightings, or anything regarding the British Movement and their activities will be gratefully received.

4 Responses to “Another crackpot set of boneheads on Merseyside?”
  1. afaarchive says:

    Manchester Anti-Fascist Alliance had an article on a BM activity. They’re fairly regular stickerers in Manchester.

  2. Marmite says:

    I’m pretty certain the BM has been revived. I’ve seen their banner on a number of far right assemblies lately. Also there is the evidence of the website and the sticker. Stickers on lamposts etc were a stock in trade of both the British Movement and the National Front back in the ’70s.

    That doesn’t necessarily mean very much. At their height there was never more than a few hundred of them, and now I doubt you’d need more than the fingers of both hands to count their present day membershit.

    However, Merseyside was one of their few strongholds, due mainly to the efforts of Colin Jordan’s second in command, Michael McLaughlin. In fact Mclaughlin – who was the son of Peter McLaughlin, a legendary Liverpool-Irish republican, CPGB member and International Brigade veteran – replaced Jordan when the latter stood down from the leadership in the mid seventies. Why did Jordan step down? Oh God, you’re gonna love this. He was found guilty of stealing three pairs of women’s knickers (ironically enough, coloured red) from a branch of Tesco. He denied the charge, claiming it was a Jewish plot.

    McLaughlin wound up the British Movement in the early 1980s, and went into survivalism, which was a then fashionable concept in far right circles.

    From there he vanished into virtual obscurity, resurfacing occasionally to write vitriolic articles about ‘the Jewish menace’ etc.

    So far as I know he is still relatively inactive, but is now writing and publishing under the name Michael Walsh from an address somewhere in Liverpool.

    I couldn’t say what connections he has, if any, with the present day British Movement. But the fact that their “headquarters” is now in Heckmondwike, suggests that he is not playing much of a leading role.

    However, the BM did attract a number of late teens/early twenties Merseyside boneheads to its ranks, and it’s possible that one or more of these is currently trying to revive the organisation. It’s nothing to panic about. More a case of keep a weather eye out, and let Liveraf know what you see.

  3. John P says:

    Jordan Pont from Sheffield had a go at setting up the youth wing of the BM a few months ago. Send me an email if you need anymore info

  4. Dean abcd says:

    I’ve never had a bonehead.

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