Schoolboy, 13, knows more about First World War than BNP’s Nick Griffin

40th Pathan Names on the Menin Gate

Nick Griffin would prefer not to notice the names of the 40th Pathan Regiment, from India, on the Menin Gate memorial

Whilst on a school trip to the Menin Gate memorial in Belgium  a schoolboy has been jostled by members of the BNP. The memorial was built to commemorate the thousands of British and Commonwealth soldiers who died in the Ypres Salient in 1914-17.

Its walls are inscribed with the names of 54,360 men who died for the British cause – including the 40th Pathans, an Indian infantry regiment which suffered great losses.

The schoolboy, William Robey, was visiting the memorial as part of a school trip and spotted Griffin and party supporters, and asked if he could have a photo of Mr Griffin in front of the memorial, which included a Regiment of Indian soldiers who fought for the British at Ypres.

William said; “I asked him if I could take his picture, next to the memorial for Pathan Indians. He reluctantly agreed, but as I went to take my photo I asked him, ‘Isn’t this against your party’s policy?’ One of his supporters put his hand over the lens, told me to ‘get my facts straight’, and grabbed my arm.

“I took the picture but it’s very blurry. I said to him, ‘Your party’s built on hatred.’ He started shouting at me, pointing his finger. The rest of his lot were all laughing and smirking. I just felt a bit sick inside to see him there to be honest.

“There they were with their poppies on, trying to put this respectable front on, yet they’re happy to confront a 13-year-old at a war memorial to try and get their point across.

“He was just saying ‘I’ve got lots of Sikh friends’ when my teacher stepped in and took me away.”

William’s mother said that since the incident her son had been approached by a number of people who wanted to congratulate him for “standing up against racism.”

I would like to add mine too.

Mussolini was an MI5 Agent, which Liberal MP was a CIA Agent?!

Mussolini was financed by MI5 according to new research

Mussolini was financed by MI5 according to new research

‘No more coals to Newcastle, no more Hoares to Paris,’ was how King George V welcomed Anthony Eden as the new Foreign Secretary following the news of Britain’s rejection of the Hoare-Laval Pact, which had sanctioned Italy’s annexation of Abyssinia, and effectively ended the authority of the League of Nations.

Samuel Hoare would now appear to have previous with Benito Mussolini. As well as being responsible for coining one of the King’s most memorable political quotations, he apparently financed Mussolini, then a journalist, paying him £100/week (the equivalent of £6,000/week in today’s money) to argue for Italy’s continued involvement in the First World War. Hoare, later the Foreign Secretary, was at the time Britain’s man in Rome.

Mussolini, who wished to maintain Italy’s involvement in the war, would use former soldiers to act as vigilantes against those who wished to see Italy withdraw from the war.

Within just a few short years Mussolini came to power as Italy’s fascist dictator, backed by his black shirts.

This reminds me of the stories surrounding Peter Bessell, the Liberal MP for Bodmin, who was apparently, according to his memoirs, both a CIA and BOSS agent during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.  You wonder quite what intelligence either of these two would have gathered for their paymasters!

More on this story about on Mussolini can be seen in The Guardian.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/oct/13/benito-mussolini-recruited-mi5-italy