Blackshirt


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a member of the Italian fascist party before World War II

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Sir Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists (BUF) and its "Defense Force" of thuggish Blackshirts, was a sinister character, to be sure, but he was also something of a buffoon.
First we had last week's revelation in this newspaper that various muddle-headed, bile-sprewing malcontents have launched the New British Union Party, today's equivalent of the ludicrous but dangerous Oswald Mosley's thuggish Blackshirts.
Sir Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists before the Second World War, had thousands of supporters and his own private army of Blackshirts in the 1930s.
One of the best things out of that was that I discovered, among his books, a novel called Blackshirt which transported me into clouds of delight.
Another Blackshirt member serving this country and who distinguished himself during 1940 was South Shields man Thomas Ward.
Party members are encouraged to dress in paramilitary blackshirt style uniforms, like the type worn by fascist Mussolini's private army during his authoritarian rule.
And he compared the British National Party's claims that immigrants are taking jobs and housing from indigenous Britons to the rhetoric of blackshirt leader Oswald Mosley.
She was also alleged to have fallen for the charms of Sir Oswald Mosley, the former Blackshirt leader and reputed seducer.
I remember true grinding poverty in the 1930s when I first joined the Labour League, sang the Red Flag and heckled the Blackshirt followers of Moseley.
His Blackshirt movement had over 700 branches throughout the country, and although Mosley never spoke at Benwell or North Shields as the report suggests, the BUF did have recruitment offices in those districts.
Their site which shows Mosley's fanatical followers performing the stiffarmed fascist salute boasts: "This will be an historic occasion, the first official Blackshirt meeting to be held since the Second World War, heralding the return of a registered fascist political party in Britain.
HISTORY LESSON: Chauffeur Harry Spargo (Neil Jackson) becomes a Blackshirt and gets caught up in anti-Fascist protests, above, and, right, the family and staff in the house
More than 2,000 men and women poured into De Winton Field behind Pandy Square, there to break up a planned Fascist meeting bringing the dark, messianic message of the Blackshirt leader Oswald Mosley.
Plus, he's wearing a Blackshirt (traditional Conservatives).
Before that, the only parallel is with Oswald Mosley, who began as a socialist and ended as a blackshirt fascist.