My Reaction to ITV’s Undercover Documentary ‘Inside Britain’s Far Right’
I was curious and, I must admit, a little concerned before I watched ITV’s Undercover documentary “Inside Britain’s Far Right” because I had sat opposite the main undercover journalist, Hazel Brown, in the pub after The Last Day of Silence rally in London on September 23rd. We all drank quite heavily that afternoon and although I didn’t remember anything racist being said, we were talking politics and one never knows what can be taken out of context.
The fact that nothing untoward was said despite considerable quantities of alcohol being consumed is a testament to the fact that Hazel was in the presence of a regular bunch of people, who had no links with the far right as they call it. It’s also worth mentioning that Hazel struck me as being rather odd that day. Unlike everyone else, she said very little and just replied with “Yeah” or “Mmm”. I wondered what she was doing there at the time.
Nothing to worry about
To be perfectly honest, there was absolutely nothing to worry about. Not only was nothing unpleasant said but the despite the two consultants on the documentary being Nick Lowles and Matthew Collins of Hope Not Hate, it didn’t even work as hit piece. I think most ordinary people who watched it will have seen how similar Britain’s so-called far right are to them and any fears they had would have been assuaged. There were a couple of exceptions to this in a short section towards the end of the film but for most of the people I know, it was more of a promotional video than anything else.
The documentary begins with video footage of Tommy Robinson and Paul Joseph Watson reacting to the Manchester bombing followed by a tweet from Anne Marie Waters. However much the left-wing media have tried to do them down, both Tommy and Paul are social media cult figures so associating Anne Marie with them will be a good thing in most people’s eyes.
Next, using a worried tone, the narrator talks about the new Far Right being made up of younger people and more women than previously and Nick Lowles of Hope Not Hate says it’s deeply anti-feminist but its leadership includes lots of strong women. If it includes women amongst the bases and the leadership, this so-called far right is obviously not sexist but, just like the majority of people, its members find feminist ideology to be obnoxious and intolerant.
Introducing the Far Right
There’s then quite a long introduction to Anne Marie Waters, who seems to be the main subject of the documentary and the person they would like to smear. However, to anyone who is familiar with her work and opinions, all of the clips seem to represent her pretty fairly. She says nothing remotely offensive and when they try and dredge up an the “offensive chant” from the marchers at a demo, the best they can do is “Allah is a paedo”, which will hardly surprise anyone.
Then Jack Buckby is introduced as her campaign manager and his BNP past is mentioned but he comes across as pleasant and relaxed and as nobody seems particularly concerned, it can easily be put down to errors of youth.
The coverage then moves onto Britain First, who have been quite successfully demonised in recent years, but the rather lame Hope Not Hate representative describes their rallies as being attended by “normal reasonable people”. Once again the worst quote from a rally they can come up with is “They’re taking our kids as sex slaves like their bloody book says.”
In fact the strongest language in the whole documentary comes when undercover reporter Mary is peacefully leafleting for Britain First and gets called a “Fucking racist cunt!”. The rest of the section is made up of various shows of support from normal members of the public. One would almost think that Britain First were mainstream.
Even the National Front footage is quite mild and just shows people in Grantham waving Union Jacks. Mary takes a lift in a car with some NF activists, probably hoping to hear some horrid racist insults and the strongest word used on the journey was “negress”. I’m sure she was appalled.
Then Martin Selner and Generation Identity are introduced using pictures of a training camp in order to try and conjure up Nazi and supremacist imagery. However, in the video call one of the Generation Identity leaders has in order to vet Hazel before she’s allowed to attend a meeting, Kelle describes GI’s aim as “we want to find young normal people and we train them” and in the pub some of the members even talk about throwing people out for expressing neo-Nazi ideas.
Three undercover reporters spent a year with the far right and this is all they got. If I were the production company, I’d be very disappointed. Alternatively, I might come to the conclusion that the people I’d been investigating weren’t actually far right at all.
The Strange Case of Jordan Diamond
The person I feel most sorry for is Jordan Diamond, who is the person through which Hazel infiltrated Anne Marie’s group. Before the documentary came out, he removed his online presence so I imagine he’s feeling quite sorry for himself as he doesn’t come out of the documentary particularly well. I met him on The Last Day of Silence and have to say I enjoyed his company.
In fact, in the section where Jordan Diamond is talking about ethnicity in the pub, I’m the guy sitting opposite in the cream jacket and blue shirt with my face blurred out. The other person in the conversation was a young guy called Frankie Rufolo and once again nothing untoward was said. My position was that there is an element of ethnicity that is important and that you have to be brave enough to recognise it despite the risk of being called a racist whilst Frankie argued that the prime factor in integration was culture. Jordan seemed to value ethnic purity more highly than I certainly would.
Something that has struck me since watching the documentary was when I mentioned that I was a member of the Moviment Identitari Català (Catalan Identitarian Movement). Jordan drilled me on whether the MIC was directly connected to Generation Identity. I told him it wasn’t but I was surprised by his insistence and it makes me wonder now whether he wasn’t involved in the undercover operation himself. I don’t want to cast aspersions but I find it difficult to believe that he had no idea of what Hazel was doing. He was sitting next to her and had invited her into the group. I found her odd immediately. It’s strange that no one else did.
Furthermore, later both he and a friend of his called Sebastian followed me on Twitter and sent contact requests on Facebook. Facebook is perfect for stalkers because you have loads of personal information. Unfortunately, for anyone trying to check up on my background, I’ve got quite a few black friends with whom it’s pretty clear I have a great relationship and if you look through my photos, you’ll see that for many years I was the white guy in African and reggae bands. About the worst dirt you can dish on me is occasionally calling people a “Twat” and making dreadful puns about Sunny and Shite Muslims. Nothing even remotely racist, though.
Both Jordan and Sebastian have disappeared. My suspicions are probably unfounded but it did make me wonder. Whatever, I hope Jordan’s OK and this doesn’t affect him too badly. He seemed like a nice guy to me.
More on Anne Marie
I was also on the other end of the conversation where Anne Marie is talking about how most boys born in the UK now are named Mohammed and if you dismiss that as unimportant you’re “as thick as shit”. This is in actual fact the end of a conversation where Anne Marie had argued that people who don’t see the dangers of Islamisation are stupid and I had argued that it was more complicated.
Whilst accepting that some people are stupid, I think that some are just ignorant, others are wilfully malicious and a third group, which comprises most of the refugee-welcoming lefties I know, suffer from a strange kind of cognitive dissonance. Their belief in the noble savage and their desire to be good makes them blind to the dangers that Islam presents.
Not surprisingly, the documentary doesn’t include footage of the argument Anne Marie and I had about the musical Grease, which was playing in the theatre across the road. I even sang the song “Sandy” to make my point. It begins with John Travolta singing “Stranded at the drive-in feeling like a fool…” All I can say to Ms Waters is that she might know more about Islam than me but I was 18 when Grease came out and it’s one of my specialist topics.
On a more serious note, everything Anne Marie says about Islam in the documentary is consistent with the message we’re all familiar with. She believes, as most of us do, that it’s an evil ideology but distinguishes between Islam, the ideology, and Muslims, the people. Obviously, she tones down her language when talking to journalists but she even says she’s not going to backtrack on her opinions.
The most dishonest section is the description of the schism in National Action, who they have previously shown giving Nazi salutes, before going onto to show the Generation Identity meeting with Martin Selner. The inference is that just like members of National Action have got tired of the training and have moved onto actual terrorism, Generation Identity, whose training camps were shown earlier, will do the same.
Then in the next section people like Mark Collett and more specifically Julie Lake and her associates are portrayed as the real baddies. However, it’s Julie Lake’s colleague who is the holocaust denier and echoes the old BNP slogan “Rights for Whites”, she says nothing more than asking the ladies to get their finger out. Obviously, the people who take Mary back to the station, who praising Hitler and blaming everything on the Jews, are real far right lunatics but despite the documentaries attempts to muddy the waters, none of this really reflects on Anne Marie, Jack or even Martin Selner.
What both of them say at the Traditional Britain meeting regarding Islam and the Great Replacement is perfectly reasonable. At the GI meeting, Martin even talks about the anti-semitism of the American right being inappropriate and when they finally get to do an “action” all it amounts to is unfurling a banner over a London bridge and uploading a video to YouTube.
I’m certainly not defending National Action, Mark Collett or Julie Lake because I know very little about them. However, I think the attempt to tar Anne Marie Waters, Jack Buckby and Martin Selner is not only journalistically dishonest but also fails. If your a lefty who believes that anyone with concerns over immigration is a racist and a bigot you might believe it but the truth is the views expressed by most of the people in the documentary are in perfect agreement with the majority of the British public.
Most people aren’t stupid and can see this so I think that “Inside Britain’s Far Right” is as much as a promo video for Anne Marie and her new For Britain party as anything else. Congratulations ITV!
- Update on Jordan Diamond: Jordan got in touch with me and few weeks ago and assured me that he had been taken in like everyone else. He was threatened with losing his job over the documentary but he managed to keep it, which is great news. We follow each other on Twitter and I’ve recently seen him posting photos with other prominent members of Generation Identity so he seems to be doing fine.