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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

Arron Banks, Leave EU, “Apologises” for ‘Kraut’ tweet as UK Politics Turns into a Carl Schmitt ‘Friend/Enemy’ Battle.

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Arron Banks Campaign on ‘the Enemy’.

Last night on Channel Four News Timothy Snyder talked about the  Schmittian turn of populist politics in the UK and the US.

Some of today’s politicians have learned propaganda tricks from 1930s fascists, says Yale professor

Democracy is a fragile creation, and the Yale professor and historian of fascism Timothy Snyder should know.

His best selling book, ‘On Tyranny’, offers some practical and political advice for resisting authoritarianism. Professor Snyder had the American reader in mind when he wrote it. But can we learn anything from his work?

I spoke to him earlier and I began by asking him if he saw parallels between the United States and what’s happening in British politics right now.

During the interview Snyder referred to Carl Schmitt and the Friend/Enemy Distinction at the foundation of his extreme right politics.

This, the Yale Professor  argued, is now influencing populism in the US and the UK.

The “Friend “Enemy” distinction outlined by the extreme right German theorist is summed up in the above image.

These are some some of his best-known quote on the topic,

The enemy is not merely any competitor or just any partner of a conflict in general. He is also not the private adversary whom one hates. An enemy exists only when, at least potentially, one fighting collectivity of people confronts a similar collectivity. The enemy is solely the public enemy, because everything that has a relationship to such a collectivity of men, particularly to a whole nation, becomes public by virtue of such a relationship.

Political thought and political instinct prove themselves theoretically and practically in the ability to distinguish friend and enemy. The high points of politics are simultaneously the moments in which the enemy is, in concrete clarity, recognized as the enemy.

From Banks to Cummings these words have become a reality in their  populist campaign to create a national neoliberal regime in Britain.

Leave.EU campaign apologises over tweet calling Merkel a ‘kraut’ and invoking world war

Leave.EU has made a rare apology for a tweet the organisation posted which showed a picture of Angela Merkel with the words: “We didn’t win two world wars to be pushed around by a Kraut.”

The tweet was apparently in response to unfounded reports from a “No 10 source” Ms Merkel had insisted in a phone call to Boris Johnson that Northern Ireland remains within the European Union’s customs union when the rest of the UK leaves the bloc.

After the tweet generated widespread outrage, co-founder of the organisation Arron Banks admitted it “went too far”, but said “the real outrage is the German suggestion that Northern Ireland be separated from the UK”.

He added: “On reflection the point could have been made better.”

Leave.EU tweeted “We’re sorry”, alongside an emoji of a downcast face.

This is a response from a comrade.

Merkel reacted with a great deal of decency to the refugee crisis, a mountain more decency than the UK government ever had,.

Being insulted by these racist pipsqueaks is blood boiling stuff.

Against the left internationalists also stands the Red Brown Front.

They do not just weaken our side by supporting the Brexit project but blur the lines between the left and the national populists with ideas constantly moving in the direction of the right.

Arron Banks – Leave UK – funded the Trade Unionists against the EU.

We await their apology for having anything to do with this gang.

The Morning Star continues to give publicity to Trade Unionists Against the EU, publishing this by the “national officer for Trade Unionists Against the EU” in support of the Tories.

Brexit: why October is good to go.

FAWZI IBRAHIM argues Labour should support the government’s determination to leave the EU at the end of next month

This is the latest project of the Red-Brown Front retweeted from the Full Brexit which the ‘trade unionists against the EU back.

 

Written by Andrew Coates

October 9, 2019 at 10:46 am

Arron Banks, Hard Right Donator to Trade Unionists Against the EU, Embroiled in Cambridge Analytica Scandal.

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Sharing the stage: Brittany Kaiser, circled, sits alongside Arron Banks, the Leave.EU boss, at a press conference in 2015. She has now left Cambridge Analytica.

Brittany Kaiser, circled, sits alongside Arron Banks, the Leave.EU boss, at a press conference in 2015. She has now left Cambridge Analytica.

Arron Banks’ is one of the best-known Brexiteers.

His hard right wing Westmonster site (A full, clean Brexit, defeating radical Islam, ending the scourge of violent crime. These are our priorities. If they are yours as well, please support Westmonster and help us grow), is a conduit for the frequent articles by George Galloway.

As in,

Galloway: The project is subvert Brexit democracy is succeeding

Banks also donated to Trade Unionists Against the EU, a Brexit campaign backed by, amongst others, the Morning Star and the Socialist Party.

Now Arron Banks is in the news for some more skullduggery.

Cambridge Analytica bragged: We have vast data for Brexit vote

Evening Standard.

The founder of Leave.EU, Arron Banks, referred in his book The Bad Boys Of Brexit to CA being “hired” in October 2015. But he told the committee this simply referred to an early meeting and an intention to work together if Leave.EU won lead status, entitling it to spend up to £7 million, get a free mailshot, TV broadcasts and £600,000 public funds, in the referendum campaign. He insisted the group “devised and implemented its own social media strategy … without any input from Cambridge Analytica”.

Confusingly, a CA staffer, Brittany Kaiser, appeared on the platform of a Leave.EU press conference in November 2015 alongside Mr Banks, seemingly to present their campaign plans. She has since left the data company.

But…..

The Guardian leads with this story today,

Cambridge Analytica misled MPs over work for Leave.EU, says ex-director

Exclusive: Brittany Kaiser contradicts CEO, who told MPs the data firm did not work with Brexit campaign group.

Cambridge Analytica conducted data research for one of the leading Brexit campaign groups and then misled the public and MPs over the work the company had undertaken, according to a former employee who has spoken to the Guardian.

In an exclusive interview, Brittany Kaiser, Cambridge Analytica’s business development director until two weeks ago, said the work with Leave.EU involved analysis of data provided by Ukip.

Emails and other documents, seen by the Guardian, show the company was worried about whether it could speak openly about the “interesting findings” and the origins of the data that had been analysed. It decided against doing so.

Kaiser, 30, said the work took a number of weeks and involved “at least six or seven meetings” with senior officials from Leave.EU, which was co-founded by Arron Banks, a Ukip donor. She said the work took place as part of an effort to secure formal business with the campaign group.

Kaiser said she felt she had lied by supporting Cambridge Analytica’s company line that it had done “no paid or unpaid work” for Leave.EU. “In my opinion, I was lying,” she said. “In my opinion I felt like we should say, ‘this is exactly what we did’.”