When the establishment parties put on a display of "patriotism", remember that it is only a display, and not the real thing. As Will Wright explains...
I love genuine British Nationalism. I always hated Communism. I always assumed that Communists would rather see the Red Flag flying over London than our Union Flag. Communism was internationalist.
In the Seventies, when I became politically active, Britain was plagued by a phenomenon that some people called “The New Left”. These people were Trotskyists – followers of the Jewish Communist Leon Trotsky. These Trotskyists seemed even more vile than the more established Communist Party of Great Britain.
Trotskyists had infiltrated the Labour Party and the trade unions. They were prominent in violent demonstrations and violent picketing during strikes. As you would expect, they were to the forefront of violent attacks on British Nationalism. Sometimes left-wing demonstrations involved the burning of a Union Jack. This was symbolic of their hatred of our country.
Neil Kinnock expelled the Militant Tendency from the Labour Party. Tony Blair supposedly turned the Labour Party into a left-leaning liberal party that could work with big business. Even then there were several former Communist Party members prominent in Blair’s cabinets, not least Peter Mandelson and Jack Straw.
Labour is not patriotic
Blair wanted to pretend that ‘New Labour’ was patriotic. He substituted the English red rose for the red flag. Labour’s annual conferences dropped the singing of the song called The Red Flag. I believe that they even had the Union Flag prominent in the hall.
After Blair, there was a reaction to his hijacking of the Labour Party. The party’s members twice elected Jeremy Corbyn as leader – and by large majorities. Neil Kinnock, still very much a man of the Left despite his public row with Militant, said that “We have got our party back!”
Labour’s new leader, Keir Starmer, is playing the patriotic card even more than Blair did. For the first time ever, the National Anthem was sung at a Labour Party Conference.
British Nationalism – Do not confuse symbols with policies and ideology
Anyone can wave a Union Jack or sing the National Anthem. But we should not confuse patriotic symbols with a real meaningful patriotic ideology and genuine British Nationalism. Labour is still the party that elected Corbyn twice. The attempt to rebrand Labour as a patriotic party, before a general election is a none-too-obvious con trick.
Labour wants open door immigration. What is patriotic about that? Starmer would like to see Britain back in the EU. What is patriotic about that?
Former BBC political editor, Andrew Marr, wrote a book, The Making of Modern Britain. The Union Flag is prominent on the cover. Marr makes it clear that he regards himself as a British patriot. Yet at university he was known as ‘Red Andy’. He admits that racial discrimination is a natural reaction. Yet he would like to see very harsh laws to outlaw any expression of racialism. That is not my idea of patriotism! Even if Marr regards himself as patriotic, he must be recognised as someone who is, in reality, very anti-patriotic. Marr serves as an example of patriotic talk and flag waving being very different to real patriotism.
Genuine British Nationalism vs Tory Phoney Patriotism
We must recognise the often-wide gap between patriotic ideas and the cynical use by politicians of patriotic symbols. This behaviour is deceitful and actually very anti-patriotic. If Labour is learning to be deceitful about patriotism, then the Tory Party are masters of many decades’ practise.
The Conservative Party is both socially and economically liberal. It is the servant of global monopoly capitalism. It is ridiculously pro-Zionist. About eighty percent of Tory MPs belong to the Conservative Friends of Israel. Why?
The Conservatives have always been a pro-EU party from the very beginning of the ‘European Project’. The majority of the Parliamentary Conservative Party campaigned for Remain during the 2016 EU membership referendum. That is not patriotism.
That party has always pretended that it will “do something” about immigration. But it will never make race a condition of British citizenship. It will never implement a programme of repatriation for all racial foreigners. That was true even in the days of Enoch Powell and the Monday Club.
The Tory Party today is packed with one-worlders who support global capitalism. It is top-heavy with racial foreigners in top government jobs. It is financed and controlled by Jewish interests. Today the Tories will not even control immigration – let alone stop it, let alone repatriate even illegal immigrants! There are many Tory MPs who openly support immigration to “grow the economy”!
Yet flag waving remains widespread among the Tory rank-and-file. Are they and Tory voters stupid? Many Tory members voted for non-White candidates to be leader of their party.
Many people are desperately convinced that even a bad Conservative Party is still better than the Labour Party. But in what way? Patriotic talk and patriotic symbols will not save our country. We need patriotic policies underpinned by a comprehensive nationalist ideology.
A False Choice
There are still plenty of people in British politics and the media in Britain who are openly anti-patriotic. These people are the ideological enemies of genuine British Nationalism – and we should hate them. They hate us. But their only virtue is that they are at least honest. They have shown their colours and we can recognise them as the enemy.
The Conservative Party deserves to die. They have lived the lie that they are patriotic for far too long. This lie becomes less and less credible with the passing of years. The Tory Party is a colossal fraud on the voters of the United Kingdom.
Now we have another fraudulent party pretending to be patriotic – the Labour Party. Most of the membership recently twice elected Corbyn as leader. How long Labour can keep the pretence up is anyone’s guess. But my guess is that the pretence will be cynically dropped not long after Labour is elected to power.
The real alternative to corrupt, anti-patriotic politics in Britain should be genuine British Nationalism in the form of a revivalist British Nationalist movement. The question is: who can build it, and lead it to victory?