Alex Belfield on the Rejection of the Attempt to Found a Political Party

I’m sorry for posting it, but this video by the mad right-wing YouTuber and internet radio host Alex Belfield is interesting for what it says about the murky state of certain sections of Black politics and activism in the UK. The video dates from February last year, 2020, and shows Belfield celebrating the rejection by the Electoral Commission of an application by a group of anonymous individuals wishing to found a Black Lives Matter political party. This was made five months prior to the Electoral Commission’s final decision, following the death of George Floyd. The Commission turned the application down because it was likely to mislead voters. The official BLM organisation, now the Black Liberation Movement, denied that it was associated with the applicants. The manifesto did not describe the party’s structure or organisation and the party’s application left its structure and financial organisation incomplete. The application was also made by anonymous individuals, which also raises justifiable suspicions.

The application to establish a BLM party allowed Tory backbenchers to accuse Black Lives Matter of being a party political organisation with left-wing objectives. One was the destruction of the traditional family, the other was to have the police defunded.

Belfield also notes that this comes after various individuals in America have been sent down for embezzling donations to BLM across the Pond. The UK branch have also been denounced by smirking abomination Priti Patel and Sajid Javid. They also caused riots that have left hundreds of police officers injured. Belfield states, in my view absolutely correctly, that if they were White they’d be compared to the BNP, EDL or other Fascist organisation. But they are considered acceptable to the media because they are Black. Belfield says of all this that ‘there are shenanigans afoot’ that make him very afraid.

Belfield is an arch-Tory with a very toxic political bias. He wants the NHS privatised, or at least handed over wholesale to private management despite all the evidence showing that the health service’s problems are the result of privatisation and underfunding by the Tories. He believes that Colston’s statue shouldn’t have been torn down, and condemns other moves to removes or rename other monuments and institutions with connections to the slave trade or the British Empire. He hates Sadiq Khan and has instead promoted Laurence Fox and other right-wing rivals. His videos are full of sneers and invective against ‘left-wing oyster-eating, Guardian-reading, ambivalecious Naga Manchushy types’. Because he’s in some kind of very nasty dispute with the Beeb, which he’d like to defund, and obviously hates those presenters he views as left-wing, like Naga Manchetty.

But unfortunately here has a point. I think there are some very nasty shenanigans and corruption within certain parts of Black politics. And that this is not confined to the left.

The book Back from the Brink, published a decade ago, describes how the Tory party was brought back from the edge of political extinction by David ‘Dodgy Dave’ Cameron and the mass murderer of the disabled and unemployed, Iain Duncan Smith. Apparently, it describes how the Tories tried to build up a constituency within the Black community by recruiting certain ‘community leaders. Many of these turned out to be criminals, who ended up being sent to the slammer rather than parliament.

On the other side of the political spectrum, I’ve heard of members of anarchist groups leaving the movement after they noticed members of various drug gangs appearing at meetings. I also remember how there was so much corruption in Brent and Lambeth councils in the 1980s that they were hardly out of the pages of Private Eye’s ‘Rotten Boroughs’ column. The magazine even gave Brent the nickname ‘Bent’, just as it called Merseyside ‘Murkyside’ for the same reasons. And some of the organisations involved in the corruption were Black.

Now I am certainly not claiming that corruption and embezzlement is confined to the Black community, or that it is even prevalent within it.

You can see simply by opening the papers that isn’t the case. But where there is poverty, despair and marginalisation, whatever the colour or ethnicity of the community, you will also find crime. And criminals will seek an entrance into politics for legitimation and also to allow their activities to expand and continue without interference by the law. Hence the scandals way back in the ’70s or ’80 about corruption in the Met, and allegations since then that certain coppers have been taking bribes from criminal gangs to look the other way. And an organisation like Black Lives Matter, which has received considerable amounts of money from donations and has a radical antipathy towards the police, will be an attractive target for criminals.

It must, however, be noted that the group that wanted to found the Black Lives Matter political party weren’t connected to the proper, official Black Lives Matter movement. They are also not connected to Sasha Johnson’s wretched Taking the Initiative Party.

The Groan has published a piece about Sasha Johnson’s shooting. Apparently it was when she was coming back from a party at 3 AM Sunday morning. At the moment they’re working on the assumption that she may have been shot in mistake for someone else and that her political activism was not a motive. They also urge people not to speculate about the motives for her murder.

I dare say they’re right, though hanging over their request for people to refrain from speculating is the spectre of terrible race riots if someone comes to the unfounded conclusion that the attacker was racially motivated.

But it does seem to me that if her political organisations and activism is investigated, it might turn up some very unsavoury dealings or connections.

Sasha Johnson: BLM activist may have been shot by mistake (msn.com)

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3 Responses to “Alex Belfield on the Rejection of the Attempt to Found a Political Party”

  1. Brian Burden Says:

    You are in good company on BLM. I seem to recall that Starmer made a characteristically scabrous joke to the effect that “they are not a movement but a motion” I may have misquoted the poor chap of course.

    I think you should be a great deal more wary about pronouncements by the far right.

    It is a fact that police – the Met anyway – prefer an explanation which rules out a racial motive. Rumours were spread that Stephen Lawrence died in a quarrel about a drugs deal. You seem to be toying with a similar notion in the Sasha Johnson case. And are you happy with the investigation and inquest into the case of Shukhri Abdi?

    So how do you rate Malcolm X? He went to gaol for pimping and peddling and came out and became a luminary of the Nation of Islam, which, in turn, gunned him down when he spoke some home truths about their leadfership. Good guy or bad guy?

    HUNDREDS of police injured? Paul foot investigated similar claims from the police about injuries sustained during the big Vietnam demos of the sixties, and found, apart from a very nasty incident where a couple of thugs laid into a young constable, the “injuries” amounted to sprains and bruises which did not require hospitalisation.

    Watch out, Beastrabban. You may wake one morning from uneasy dreams and find yourself transformed in bed into a giant tory!

    • gillyflowerblog Says:

      Yes, my thoughts too. I suggest Beastie should watch a few programmes by historians like David Olusoga.

    • beastrabban Says:

      Thanks for the comment, Brian and Gillyflowerblog. Actually, I have watched a few of David Olasuga’s documentaries. I enjoyed his ‘House through Time’, but I have severe reservations about some of his claims and views.
      I wasn’t aware that there had been claims that Stephen Lawrence was involved in a drug deal. I do remember the BNP trying to smear him by claiming that he was extorting money through violence from the other kids at school. And you’re right, he was a clear victim of racial violence. But I am not saying that Sasha Johnson was. If she was attacked by a drugs gang, then it may be because they viewed her as an obstacle. I’ve talked to former NUS officers, who were subject to threats by organised gangs when they tried to stop drug dealing on their unis’ campuses. I think that radical organisations like Black Lives Matter are targeted for infiltration by criminal groups because of the amounts of money donated to them and the attractiveness of their antipathy towards the police by those intent on preying on others, not on creating a genuinely free society where each have the same rights, opportunities and dignity.
      I take your point about the police exaggerating their injuries, especially after the lies they told about the riots outside the police station in Bristol.
      Now for Malcolm X. I really don’t regard him as an untarnished hero for Black rights. The Nation of Islam is a Black separatist organisation that would like to create a new, Black-only state out of the division of America. There’s no secret about this. It’s in their founding principles. In the 1960s they held joint rallies with the American Nazi party and even received a donation of about $25 from their Fuhrer, Lincoln Rockwell. This was described in an article in the Independent in the 1990s by a Jewish lady photojournalist, which contained her photos. Now I read in a book on Islam that X dropped his anti-White racism and changed his name to a more conventional Muslim monicker after he went on the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca. So not an unalloyed hero for peace, integration and multiculturalism.
      See this time article:https://www.life.com/history/malcolm-x-and-the-nation-of-islam-eve-arnolds-quietly-powerful-portraits/
      Now I’m well aware of racism in this country. I’ve Black friends who’ve had horrendous experiences. And I well appreciate Black Lives Matter’s motivation. But I think there are legitimate criticisms to be made of the organisation. And I think there are real dangers with Sasha Johnson’s Taking The Initiative Party. As I blogged a little while ago, she was thrown off Twitter for saying that the White man would be their slave, not their equal. Her proposed Black militia are a paramilitary organisation, which is definitely Fascistic and actually banned under legislation outlawing such organisations going back to the 20s. There are clips of her speaking calmly and reasonably about having White allies and trying to create a political order that represents modern multicultural society. But I think that her party would certainly be described as ‘Fascist’ if it was White. And the danger is that if you permit an identitarian party for one race, you legitimise it for others, like White supremacists. Or at least you weaken the arguments against them.
      What I think at the moment is that Johnson was an individual with real mental health issues. It may be that her anti-White Tweet was a result of her bipolar disorder, rather than when she was thinking normally. But she also seems to have had a very aggressive attitude towards her critics in the Black community, as well as conflicts with former friends and co-workers. This may also be a factor in the attempt on her life.
      Do I support the shooting? No, certainly not. But I don’t think she’s totally innocent of violent racism and prejudice herself. And no, I don’t think you have to be a Tory to recognise or criticise her or BLM.

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