News broke in the Telegraph & Argus last week that new anti-fascist headquarters had opened up in Bradford to counteract the rise of Paul Golding’s far-right group Britain First. This interested me, so the day after reading the article I thought I’d head down there to have a look for myself.
The shop front, despite stating opening hours 1pm-5pm, Monday to Friday, was all locked up when I got there. So I left a few stickers and my phone number, then headed off.
I then got a text, about three days later, stating that the Anti-Britain First page had been hacked, but the place would be opening the following day from 1pm.
Next day, I headed down there, again, to find that the place was all shut up… again. So I texted the number that had contacted me previously and I shortly received a reply:
“The organisation has closed down. Problem solved. Britain First no more, check our page. We got to the bottom of it.”
Surely not, I thought, the whole purpose of the organisation is to bring down a Facebook page? If so, that’s the strangest campaign and victory I have ever heard. (By the way, the Britain First page is still active with nearly 4,000 likes).
I was suspicious. Thinking that maybe this was a setup, I left and went home to have look at the Anti-Britain First Facebook page. Some of the status updates were very strange, to say the least. The admin(s) even went as far as saying Paul Golding wasn’t in charge, and a 90% of Britain’s First members had come over to join them!
A further status update went on to say the page had been hacked:
We are very sorry our accounts once again have been hacked …. We have just realised now all these posts are false.
Our organisation has not been closed or shutdown yet,
We advice all groups against racism and fascism to join our organisation, and help is run our network as we have unprofessional people in charge of our pages,
That has been all lies, posted on our pages.
But I remained unconvinced, especially seen as though I had been texted from the headquarters’ mobile number stating that the organisation was done and dusted considering what they had already “achieved”.
Today, same again, some really weird status updates:
“We will let u no the outcomes by tonight about the office closing or opening. We have recieved over 10,000 inbox messages to keep the office open, please share us your ideas, on how we can run this organisation, we are unprofessional people put in charge from our leader, due to that he doesn’t trust people with suits on they only here to empty your back pockets.”
“We Love Britain and we love The Queen of this Country and we love the people of Britain,
“We have been told by our network members, every single secret agency in the the world is watching our posts, also We have been told by our network members, members from the Royal Family’s around the World are reading our posts.”
“We also give a great thanks to all the mafias around the world for giving our organisation Support.”
“Dear Supporters and Fans
We give another Great thanks to all of you, for helping us day and night, sacrificing your sleep and loosing your jobs and getting our post reached Worldwide,
We Have been told by our Network Members today that our post are now reaching all the people from every Jungle around the whole World,
We love you Supporters and fans we don’t no how to thank you, also do bear in mind Money is Just a Piece of paper.”
So what is really going on? Seems to me to be a combination of really bad organisation and a fair amount of bullshitting.