Far-right groups use EU Parliament to fundraise


10:01 am - July 10th 2012

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A secret meeting of European far-right groups took place at the European Parliament yesterday, with an aim to fundraise for their activities.

The event is now being challenged by a British MEP as a mis-use of the Parliament’s facilities.

Tommy Robinson of the English Defence League (EDL) spoke at the meeting, describing himself as the President of the British Freedom Party.

It was hosted as the launch of a front organisation called the ‘International Civil Liberties Alliance’.

The meeting was exposed by the British Labour Euro MP Richard Howitt, whose constituency includes Luton in which the EDL originated.

Far right members from organisations in Germany, Sweden, and the UK attended the gathering and sold literature.

Richard Howitt MEP told Liberal Conspiracy:

In the same way Nick Griffin and the BNP tried to use the European Parliament as a spring board and failed abysmally, the EDL will find they are badly out-of-their-depth.

I have written to the President of the European Parliament to complain about the use of our facilities to raise funds for such hate organisations and to investigate whether other meetings are planned.

The MEP says one keynote speaker described how, “The pansy left are auditioning to be the Muslim’s prison b*tch” and said the mainstream media represented “a threat to life and liberty.”

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1. Chaise Guevara

It’s not clear from this whether you’re accusing them of breaking the rules on facility use, or just objecting to their existence because you don’t like their politics.

Chaise, have a look at http://www.libertiesalliance.org/

It is a very professional looking site; very busy, language versions, think tank styling. There’s a mission statement that presents them as a “classical liberal” thinking organisation.

Quote from that : “Finally, ICLA will support and encourage liberal reformers seeking to bring traditional creeds up to modern standards for civil liberties.” You know what classical liberals believe about traditional creeds? Religious organisations can do what they want so long as they do not coerce people; classical liberals do not want to bring them up to “modern standards”. Civil liberties stand outside religious belief.

Have a look at the “Most Popular” feed on the RHS; currently it has a link to “They are like cattle” leading to inevitable pseudo intellectual rant.

3. Chaise Guevara

@ 2

Um, that doesn’t say whether they’ve broken the rules, it just says why you don’t like their politics.

i find it horrific that they talk of freedom, when the freedom they really want is to be murderous thugs.

5. Charlieman

@3. Chaise Guevara: “Um, that doesn’t say whether they’ve broken the rules, it just says why you don’t like their politics.”

My words weren’t intended as an opinion piece, just an observation of fact. It was hardly “a secret meeting”, of course.

The complaint about misuse of facilities probably has some basis, but I guess that similar objections could be made about organisations of which we would approve. I think it is more useful to observe how the right has changed tack on campaigning tactics.

It beats me why there is any fuss over this. These and other deeply unsavoury people have been legislating for us ever since we went into the wretched thing, both in the European Parliament or in the predecessor European Assembly, and in the coalitions represented in the Council of Ministers.

Those coalitions might nominally be single parties: off to Brussels in the Thatcher and, to a lesser extent, Major years trooped Ministers who were members of the Western Goals Institute or the Monday Club, with their crossover, via things like the League of Saint George, to overt neo-Nazism on the Continent, to the Ku Klux Klan, to apartheid South Africa, to Ian Smith’s Rhodesia, to the juntas of Latin America, to Marcos and Suharto, to the Duvaliers, and so forth. For that matter, the Cabinet Minister who took us in under Heath, Geoffrey Rippon, was a Monday Club stalwart. “Europe a Nation” was Mosley’s slogan, and the whole idea’s affinity with Fascism could not be more obvious.

The Far Left and the Far Right have both made a show of opposing the EU, and the Far Left probably means it. But, perhaps especially in Britain, it won’t for much longer; in fact, those who followed academic Marxism down the cultural rather than the economic road, creating New Labour and then also taking over the Conservative machine under Cameron, have always identified the shift over Europe as one of their definitive changes of mind. The Far Right never really did oppose the EU in principle, and, again perhaps especially in Britain, it no longer even has any reason to pretend to do so in practice.

The opposition now needs to come from the people who have always been most consistent: the pro-Commonwealth Keynesian Tories who have opposed first the European Communities Bill, then Thatcherism, then Maastricht, then neoconservatism; the like-minded, historically normative, never expunged tendency within the Labour Party, now quietly on the rise again; and those who really do believe in the Liberal values of democracy, subsidiarity, transparency, anti-extremism, and anti-protectionism (unlike me, but then I do not see the CAP and the CFP as protecting anything, but the very reverse).

As ever, the Thatcherite and Blairite media will ignore us all completely, just as they did when three times as many Labour MPs as Tories voted against Maastricht and by no means all of the Tory rebels were Thatcherites, several of them having been very hostile to her, as she had been to them.

7. ukpoliticalpartiessuck

Not really that secret is it, seeing as everyone knows. And Richard Howitt is a idiot. He may and he may not have heard what he claims to have heard but that does not mean to say that the Leader of the EDL said them words nor can anyone deny him and the rest of MP’S (Tories and Labour alike) are gunning for Tommy Robinson and the EDL like Islamic Extremist anyway.


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