If we reported on “political party” Britain First every time they shared a myth, rumour or just general misinformation on their Facebook page, we’d probably not have time to write much else.
So we tend to return every other month or so for a cursory glance over the last 24-48 hours of their activity where we usually have no problem spotting something which is total nonsense. Today didn’t disappoint, with two posts made by them within the last 10 hours that contained demonstrably false information.
The first, a photo of what appears to be a protest of sorts with men lining the streets walking past the camera, with Britain First claiming that “thousands of fighting fit men are swarming into Europe”, an obvious reference to the European migrant crisis. See below…
THOUSANDS OF FIGHTING FIT MEN ARE SWARMING INTO EUROPE – SEND THEM HOME TO FIGHT FOR THEIR OWN COUNTRY!
YOU WANT FREEDOM? GO HOME AND FIGHT FOR IT!
Britain First apparently overlooked the more inconvenient fact that the photo has nothing to do with the migrant crisis. Nor is the photo recent. Nor was it even taken in Europe (or the Middle East.) It was actually taken in Australia, in 2012. It was during a protest by many Muslims protesting a film that mocked the Prophet Muhammad.
The misinformation didn’t stop there. Only a mere 4 hours after posting that, Britain First were at it again, this time Winston Churchill takes centre stage, as they posted this…
CHURCHILL ON THE LEFTWING:
The fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists.
Only problem with that is Winston Churchill almost certainly never said such a thing, and this quote has been misattributed to him for years, even with the Churchill Society (who know everything Churchill!) refuting the claim, responding to queries stating there is absolutely no evidence that he ever muttered those words.
Who actually said the quote is up for some contention, and it’s likely that the quote has been altered throughout the years, as is common with quotes said many years ago. It seems to be mishmash of quotes from Huey Long, a 1930s US politician, or Ignazio Silone, an Italian politician. And despite Britain First’s claim that this quote was specifically directed at left-wing politics, there is no evidence to support that claim. It is likely referring to the fact that people generally not regarded as fascists were increasingly utilising fascist strategies.
You would think that a group identifying themselves as a political party would be a tad more careful what content they’d post onto their Facebook page, but with Britain First this does not appear to be the case. And this is how extremist scaremongering politics works, to paint a distorted picture that conveys your general ideology, with little concern for the truth. If the propaganda can stir up enough fear and anger, truth rarely gets a look in.
Given just how much nonsense they continually post, if you are a follower of Britain First, this may be a good time to swap political allegiances.
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