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Looking Back on Paul Golding and the BNP

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On 29 July 2016, Paul Golding (pictured), leader of the extreme right group Britain First, narrowly avoided a jail sentence after admitting he breached the Public Order Act of 1936. The Act itself was initially designed to restrict Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists, so its interesting to see that it still plays an important role in curtailing the current generation of British fascists.

It is often noted in reporting on Britain First that, before forming the group, Golding was a prominent member of the British National Party. For a while in the early 2000s, he even edited one of its key publications, Identity. So, what does looking back on some of these old articles tell us about the roots of Golding’s political views?

Firstly, they highlight in his BNP days Golding was certainly very happy to promote a quite overt, racial idea of nationalism. He was keen to…

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