Wednesday, September 24, 2008
On the Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio 2 today, an article was aired that Vine stated he was amazed to hear himself talking about, and I have to say I shared his astonishment.
It appears that there was a Nazi rally in the town of Redhill in Somerset on Saturday, 20 September. Vine interviewed a husband and wife who fled from their nearby house, but who had managed to make a short recording of a lot of male voices shouting "Seig Heil, Seig Heil!" A bit of film was also taken and appears on a BBC news-page, in the section dealing with Somerset.
Vine interviewed a representative of the rally (ostensibly a scooter rally, but there were no scooters present). He justified people shouting "Seig Heil" (a German Nazi salute variously translated as hail victory, hail to victory, or salvation through victory) because the occasion was a tribute to Ian Donaldson, the vocalist for the neo-Nazi band Skrewdriver who died in a car crash in 1993.
Apparently there were a lot of East Europeans at the rally. Certainly Naziism flourished in East Germany (as was), as it was the only substitute for Communism that thrived underground.
Nazis on the continent and in the US are exploiting community tensions centring around travellers and Muslims - and, of course, pushing anti-semitism, which has not a whit more basis in reality than it did when Hitler et al used their slogans to hypnotise and mobilise the masses.
We have community tensions here in Great Britain, which figures such as the Bishop of Rochester and the Archbishop of York having been warning the government about for some time. The fact that these tensions have gotten so bad is due to patronising politicians who assume that tensions shouldn't exist, therefore they don't exist.
This January, I wrote that decent white people are "being pushed into the waiting arms of the BNP" (the BNP is advertised in a side panel of the website of the Libertarian National Socialist Green Party). We need to be on our guard for these hate-peddlars corrupting the minds of our children by taking advantage of the rebellion-factor that our children may see in the disgust adults feel at their policies. We need to monitor children's and adolescents' TV, music and magazines, because many mainstream media providers, having thrown morality out of the window, increasingly think that causing publicity makes something right.
The owners of the Bungalow Inn, where the "scooter convention" was held, claim to have seen or heard nothing unusual. Vine put the obvious question to them: as Inez puts it, "how on earth is it possible that I can see the swastikas and hear the "Sieg Heils" in the video, while the pub owners--who were there--can claim that they did not?"
I have another question. Several hundred Nazis in regalia and flags held a rally in Great Britain four days ago. Why has it only made the national news today?