British Union of Fascists


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British Union of Fascists

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(Historical Terms) the British fascist party founded by Sir Oswald Mosley (1932), which advocated a strong corporate state and promoted anti-Semitism
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The quest led Nina to approach the living relatives of Mary's siblings, took her to the Women's Library and Public Records Office in London and prompted the discovery that Mary had been suspected of spying because of her links with the British Union of Fascists.
The BNP's history can be traced right back to Mosley's British Union of Fascists, and after them the National Front.
1932: Oswald Moseley launched the British Union of Fascists.
The connections between the Italian Fascists and Nazis and various fascist parties in Europe in the inter-war era, such as the British Union of Fascists (BUF), have been investigated in studies such as Richard Thurlow, Fascism in Britain, A History, 1918-1945, London, 1989 and Martin Pugh, 'Hurrah for the Blackshirts': Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars, London, 2005.
1914: Famous nude painting The Rokeby Venus by Velasquez, in London's National Gallery, was damaged by suffragette Mary Richardson - who later led the women's section in Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists.
By day, he worked on women's pincurls; by night, he joined a group of local Jewish boys who, too young to have fought the Nazis, began protesting the political appearances of Oswald Mosley, founder of the British Union of Fascists.
Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists ran a poorly-supported 'Mind Britain's Business' campaign in support of the Italian forces, while Evelyn Waugh, then correspondent for the Daily Mail and author of the 1936 book Waugh in Abyssinia, also supported the Italians, though he later claimed only to have done so in order to be contrary.
What we are seeing might not rank alongside the level of racism promoted by the British Union of Fascists in the 1930s, but if the root causes are not addressed it could reach that level.
Mr Denham pointed to historical "parallels" with the so-called 'Battle of Cable Street' in October 1936, when Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists, attempted to lead supporters through a Jewish area of the East End of London, leading to violent clashes.
Denham compared those behind the anti-Islamic protest to the 1930s British Union of Fascists.
Mosley, the son of British Union of Fascists party founder Oswald Mosley, survived a confidence vote last year after a British tabloid revealed he had participated in a sadomasochistic sex party with five prostitutes.
Motorsport boss Mosley - son of Sir Oswald Mosley who headed up the British Union of Fascists - was recently accused of being a dictator by F1 racing teams.

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