Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The wonderful world of Lee Ingram

One of my personal favourite figures in contemporary fringe politics is Lee Ingram of the English People's Party. He's just so loveable. He reminds me of a bumbling sitcom dad, like Homer Simpson or that bloke from Two Point Four Children, who means well and tries to do the right thing but whose antics always end in hilarious failure.

Based in Leicester, Lee has set himself up as the representative of the city's Anglo-Saxon population. The city's Anglo-Saxon population never actually asked him to take on this role, of course (he ran in a council election in 2007, and the voters hardly rushed out in his support) but that didn't stop him.

Unlike some of his detractors, I'm not sure if Ingram is a racist. Part of me thinks that he's a basically well-meaning soul who just happens to be a bit thick, and who can't see when he's aligned himself with a seriously unsavoury side of modern politics.

For example, he was once an active member of the Anglo-Saxon Foundation, a forum that is roughly on a par with Stormfront in terms of racial sensitivity. Here's a fairly typical post from one of the ASF's longtime members (click to enlarge):

Lee was later banned from the forum, but as far as I can tell, this is because he objected to its stance on the army rather than its views on racial matters. He's always going on about how offended he is by what he perceives as anti-English prejudice, but he doesn't appear to have had any significant objections to the rampant racism surrounding him at the ASF forum.

We can also see him coming up with stuff like this post, which he made at around the time the film Twelve Years a Slave was getting attention:

They Were White and They Were Slaves was written by Michael A Hoffman II, a man who has penned numerous books denying the Holocaust, ranting about the evils of Judaism and yelling about a "Masonic cryptocracy". The research in his book on white slavery may be sound, but really Lee, would it have killed you to find a book on the subject that wasn't written by a massive anti-semite?

Also consider this post, in which Lee argues that football teams should have the freedom to bar homosexual and non-white players if they so choose:

Lee is the spokesman of the English Community Group. Or, to use its full name, the "English Community Group (Leicester)" - just to distinguish it from all of the other English Community Groups that it clearly hoped would sprout up around the country but which, er, didn't.

The ECGL's biggest hobbyhorse is the fact that various politicians, including the mayor of Leicester Peter Soulsby, have turned down meetings with it. Lee argues that this is nothing more than anti-English bigotry.

It should be noted that at the time the ECGL asked for a meeting with Soulsby it was chaired by Clive Potter, a complete flaming nutcase who thinks that aliens are trying to warn us about the effects of interracial marriage. For some reason, Lee tends to sweep this salient fact under the carpet when he expresses outrage that his organisation isn't taken seriously.

Contrary to appearances, Lee is not the only member of the ECGL. He is joined by Gary Thompson and Paul Brant; all three can be seen in action in this video, from which the image at the top of this post comes. Together, the three amigos have many stimulating discussions on Facebook that remind me of those old Smith and Jones sketches. I'm indebted to the Still Laughing at the EDL Facebook group for digging up some of these gems:

Of course, like all of us Englanders, these chums enjoy talking about the weather. Only in their case, they see the weather as being part of a conspiracy:

And chemtrails aren't the only conspiracy theory that Lee has latched onto: 

As a conspiracy theorist, it goes without saying that Lee is contemptuous of mainstream media. But there is some television that he likes, however. Such as... Minipops:

The ECGL has its own Facebook page, which is also good for a laugh. It's always amusing to see how Lee, who is always complaining about English people being ignored, is quite willing to ignore English people who express concerns about his political stance:

We also get an idea of the ECGL's inner workings. Just look at this:

This wouldn't be an attempt to get a bunch of people who already support the group and try to make them look like ordinary Leicester residents picked at random, would it? Goodness me, no, perish the thought.

Still, the video can't be as bad as one of their earlier publicity stunts, in which the group's members dressed up as "Labour zombies" for Halloween:

Sadly, it seems that the English Community Group (Leicester) may not be with us for much longer...

A  cynic may suggest that this decision was made because the group had no luck picking up supporters in Leicester, and so must now look further afield.

Rock on, Lee. Rock on. Long may your political career continue. I just hope that we never run out of popcorn...

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Gethin ap Gruffydd's amazing technicolour vomit

In the interests of clarity, I should mention that the "Silurians" he's referring to are a Celtic tribe, not the Doctor Who villains.

Propaganda is a fine craft. This is why there are entire books devoted to the propaganda art of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia: a good propaganda poster can be admired no matter how reprehensible the regime that commissioned it.

At the other end of the scale, we get bad propaganda art. Stuff that only somebody who already agrees with the cause in question could like - and even then, it is easy to imagine the hearts of the rank and file sinking as they see what their boss has come up with next.

For example, consider the artwork of the Welsh nationalist Gethin ap Gruffydd. I won't comment further, I'll let the images speak for themselves...

Friday, 21 March 2014

Mjolnir Magazine: your number 1 place for art by bigots!

Certain people in the white nationalist community of Britain are currently busy putting together a magazine to house their bigotry: Mjolnir.

The Mjolnir website outlines the intentions of the magazine:
Mjolnir is the first step in the cultural fightback against the tidal wave of leftist propaganda. Our enemies have vast financial resources at their disposal and can therefore invest in all the arts – especially that latterly invented form of Gesamtkunstwerk so conducive to indoctrinating the masses: film. We have not such means at our disposal...yet; but classical art forms are not beyond our means: graphic art, plastic art and literature are very much accessible to us. Mjolnir is a magazine set up to collate and showcase these forms of illiberal Eurocentric arts.

The magazine apparently aims to provide a platform for the next Turner:
Quality is known instinctively: go into any art gallery and answer honestly which you prefer, Ian Davenport or J M W Turner. Mjolnir stands for quality...

Above all, Mjolnir is set to have a heavy emphasis on race:
Mjolnir embraces the racial spirit of the children of Europa and any religious or mythic motifs, tropes and discourses within art that relate to how that racial spirit has traditionally expressed itself. Mjolnir recognises the natural order of hierarchy and inequality that is given by natural biological and spiritual inequalities.

The trouble is that the racist right simply doesn't have a particularly good track record with the creative arts. Sure, over the decades they've come up with the occasional H.P. Lovecraft or Leni Riefenstahl, but looking over contemporary white nationalist art we find hilarious paintings, terrible poetry, unplayable video games and Billy Brit the White Pride Muppet. Heavy metal music appears to be the only form that these people have managed to grasp with anything resembling success.

The man behind Mjolnir calls himself David Yorkshire, although this may be a pseudonym. His writing appears on a number of websites: at The Occidental Observer, he rails against Star Trek and 2012; at Western Spring, he transcribes a speech he gave at a National Front meeting. The website of Candour, a journal founded by the British fascist A.K. Chesterton, has also lent its support to Mjolnir, as has Nationalist Asatru News, a site in which a bunch of Odin worshippers get together to discuss how much they hate Jews. (For those unaware, Mjolnir is the name of Thor's hammer in Norse mythology)

In addition, David is a member of everyone's favourite neo-Nazi forum: Stormfront. He discusses Mjolnir... (click to enlarge)


...and best of all, the Holocaust. Some very strange posts here: David seems to believe that any usage of the number six million in the media (even in the title of the television series The Six Million Dollar Man) is part of some kind of Jewish mind-control scheme.