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Private Eye on the Embarrassing Links between Tory Politicians and Italian Neo-Fascists

March 3, 2016

It’s not just Donald Trump and the American Republicans, who’ve got link to Nazis and Fascists. Our own Conservatives had too. I’ve posted several pieces over the past week on quotations by members of the Tory party and the Daily Mail supporting Hitler, the Nazis and the British Union of Fascists. There were also scandals in the 1980s when members of the Tory party also had links with the NF. Private Eye in their issue for the 4th – 17th May published a piece on the links between the young prospective Tory MP, Andrew Rosindell, and the Italian Neo-Fascist group, Alleanza Nazionale.

Candidate of the Right
Andrew Rosindell

Embarrassed through they are by John Townend’s antics, William Hague and his chums can at least point out that he won’t be a candidate at the general election. But the same cannot be said for Andrew Rosindell, the legendary far-right Tory boy from Essex: he is standing in the marginal constituency of Romford and has a good chance of becoming MP.

Rosindell, a Jeffrey Archer lookalike, is best known for parading around with a “British bull-dog” as his mascot, denouncing Labour councillors who fail to fly the Union Jack from the town hall and attacking most asylum seekers as “frauds who have come here to take us for a ride”. He has also been a busy bee on the international circuit: he is director of the militantly Euro-sceptic European Foundation, which in turn has strong links with the Italian neo-fascist group Alleanza Nazionale (AN), the party of Allessandra Mussolini.

Two years ago, referring specifically to the Alleanza, Hague promised that British Conservatives “are not going to be allied or joining in any way with Italian neo-fascist parties”. Not so: when AN’s youth wing Azione Giovani launched its website the same year, one of the first people to send a congratulatory email was Andrew Rosindell, who declared himself “very proud to be associated with it”.

Azione Giovani also belongs to the European Young Conservatives (a group formerly chaired by Rosindell), whose members were recently given the opportunity to go canvassing for their hero in Romford. For the benefit of the Italians, a helpful dress code was posted: “Business suits shold be worn at the Houses of Parliament. At Conservative Central Office, participants may dress down. When participants are campaigning with the Conservatives in Romford on Sunday, casual clothing should be worn”. (Brown shirts and leather trousers, perhaps?)

So concerned have some MPs become at Rosindell’s links with Italian neo-fascist that last month three of them tabled an early-day motion in parliament calling on William Hague to remove him as a Conservative candidate. But expulsion would present Hague with problems. for a start, the Conservative leader himself met with leading officer of the European Young Conservatives in the House of Commons on 12th March.

And then there is the small matter of the meeting between Baroness Thatcher, Stefano Massari of Azione Giovani and Gianpiero Cannella, the president of Alleanza Nazionale, which was also held during March. “It was an extraordinary experience” gushed Cannella on the neo-fascists’ website. “One that we shall remember for a long time. Mrs Thatcher confirmed her full support and her ideal closeness [sic] to the Italian Right Wing.”

Oh dear, oh dear, will poor Hague have to expel her too?

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