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Leave.EU Goes Full Fascist.

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Carnival of Reaction: Leave EU has become an openly racist far-right campaign.

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This is how they began.

The campaign was co founded by Bristol based businessman and UKIP donor Arron Banks, with property entrepreneur Richard Tice and early financial backing from Jim Mellon

Leave UK was marked by its hardline anti-immigration stand, “an anti-immigration viral video produced by Leave.EU during the campaign was faked, and that the group appeared to have staged photos of immigrants attacking women in the United Kingdom.”

Arron Banks was involved in dodgy funding scandals.

One that caught people’s attention was this:

1.9m was donated to Grassroots Out, with smaller sums going to Trade Unionists Against the EU, Ukip, Veterans for Britain, and the TV station Wag TV, which made a pro-Brexit documentary

Trade Unionists Against the EU, headed by anti-rootless cosmopolitan campaigner Paul Embery, was promoted by the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition TUSC: The socialist case against the EU: TUSC tour continues. The Socialist. 2016.

Paul Embery, London secretary of the Fire Brigades Union and national organiser of Trade Unionists Against the EU, pointed out: “The EU is rampantly pro-austerity and that approach has caused suffering throughout Europe, a collapse in living standards, the rise of the far-right and the decimation of public services.”

There also a link to Labour Leave:

Labour Leave fined over donation from Arron Banks’ company Left Foot Forward.2019

The Electoral Commission has now fined Labour Leave after finding that the group failed to declare two donations, each worth £10,000. These were non-cash donations of office space and services (including PCs) by Better for the Country Limited and Labour Leave leader’s John Mills Limited.

Labour Leave was fined a total of £9,000 by the Commission for failing to properly declare donations before and after the referendum. Labour Leave say the lapses were due to ‘administrative errors’.

The donation from Better for the Country Limited is notable as Arron Banks is a Director of the company. Banks founded the controversial, unofficial Leave.EU campaign, and donated large sums to UKIP ahead of the 2016 referendum.

As the Guardian reported in February: “Leave.EU was fined £15,000 [by the Information Commissioner’s Office] for using Eldon Insurance customers’ details unlawfully to send almost 300,000 political marketing messages, and a further £45,000 for its part in sending an Eldon marketing campaign to political subscribers. Eldon was fined £60,000 for the latter violation.”

Leave EU still exists though what the relation with ket player Banks is these days is not clear.

Leave.EU has left the UK, as Brexit forced the Eurosceptic campaign group to choose between its name and its country.

Guardian January 2021.

-According to domain name registration records, the organisation, founded by businessman and activist Arron Banks, picked the former. The website is now registered in the name of Sean Power, the chief executive of the Ireland-based professional services company BSG.

When asked, however, Power, who is based in Waterford, insisted that he had no involvement with the organisation. When informed that his name and contact details were present on the registration, he said he would be “looking into the matter”.

Leave.EU has had some time to consider its move. The organisation is named after its web address, but .EU domain names can only be held by businesses or individuals based in the EU or wider European Economic Area.

This is how they are now:

Written by Andrew Coates

April 17, 2021 at 11:23 am

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  1. The detritus of the Labour brexit groups is only seen now in a motley collection of defunct but still accessable websites floating like some many ghostly hulks in their own sargasso sea of the red / brown. Embery’s last foray was a court action he had brought against the FBU for dumping him like the worthless piece of baggage he is / was; but no word as yet on the outome – or do others know more ? Of the other main Labour brexit names – most, like Frank Field, Gisela Stewart and Kelvin Hopkins – are now in the outer darkness. John Mills, their main bankroller now seems concentrate on riunning his JML business whilst the only man left standing – Ashford Labour Councillor and freelance PR man, Brendan Chilton, runs what looks to be a one man show called “Labour Futures” which occasionally sends out emails asking for coin to do whatever it is it does.

    David Walsh

    April 17, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    • Trying to find anything about the outcome of this case, as you say David, there is no news, I came across this, which looks like somebody else is thinking like us on the direction the confusionists, national populists and red-brown front are going.

      “Alongside Glasman, Goodhart was a signatory to the 2018 Full Brexit statement, which described Brexit as a historic opportunity for democratic and economic renewal. Other signatories included Matthew Goodwin, co-author of a perceptive early study of Ukip (Revolt on the Right) who now seems to side with the phenomenon he identified. In his also co-written National Populism, Goodwin describes Orbán’s conspiracy theory about “billionaire Hungarian Jewish financier George Soros” seeking to flood Christian Europe with Muslim refugees “to create a borderless world that is subservient to capitalism” as “not entirely without credence.” Fellow Full Brexiteer (and firefighters’ union activist) Paul Embery, recent author of Despised: Why the Modern Left Loathes the Working Class, employs the ancient conspiratorial trope of a “rootless, cosmopolitan, bohemian middle class” up against a “rooted, communitarian, patriotic working class.”

      “In responding to the nationalist populist challenge there should be no triangulation. Blue Labour is a dangerous dead end that will only split progressive alliances. At the same time, absolutist positions must be avoided. Too often within contemporary social movements a narrow kind of identity politics is promoted, where solidarity is impossible because only personal experience is said to count. Similarly, there are still Remainers so incensed by the EU referendum result that they insist only a reversal of the decision will suffice. No element—liberal, progressive, socialist—can afford these indulgences. In opposing the illiberal, nationalist right the crucial lesson from the 1930s is crystal clear: unite against the main enemy.”

      The populist delusion. The right has won the early battles, but the left can still win the war

      Jon Bloomfield & David Edgar

      March 13, 2021
      https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/politics/the-populist-delusion

      Andrew Coates

      April 17, 2021 at 3:45 pm

  2. Than you. A good essay, even if I felt it was a tad too over-optimistic that the pendulum is turning (although this may be my Teesside milieu influencing me). But more to the point, David Edgar. For some reason I thhought he had passed away. Clearly he hasn’t – for which, thanks.

    David Walsh

    April 17, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    • Apart from his plays, which I saw on television (a great cinema goer I don’t often go the theatre, such as An ideology red, white and blue in tooth and claw’: David Edgar’s Destiny (1978) – Part 1 of 3 http://www.britishtelevisiondrama.org.uk/?p=7040, Edgar wrote this., which was widely read on the left for some some years after its publication in 1977.

      Racism, fascism and the politics of the National Front
      David Edgar. First Published October 1, 1977

      I see he wrote this in 20o5.

      My fight with the Front

      Thirty years ago, David Edgar took on the far right in his play Destiny. He explains why now is the time to go back on the attack.
      https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2005/sep/14/theatre.politicsandthearts

      Andrew Coates

      April 17, 2021 at 5:58 pm


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