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A ROCK AMONGST WILLOWS
The Eleventh Hour.
John Tyndall. Albion Press, PO Box 2471, Hove, E.Sussex BN3 4DT. 537pp. Hardback £25 plus £4.35 p&p. Softback £17.50 plus £3.49 p&p.
THERE ARE THOSE who will attribute the current successes of the British National Party to its more moderate approach under its "new management". John Tyndall, who founded the BNP as a breakaway from the National Front in 1982, contends that "moderation" has nothing to do with its electoral successes but is a result of the British people at last waking up to the betrayal of their country: an awakening that has been accelerated by the "asylum seeker" flood. Those who think that Tyndall takes the uncompromising stand that he does because he is not as clever as the modernisers, should read this monumental work. This is the work of a first class brain. The work of a man of integrity and honesty who will not compromise on what he considers to be the path we should take to preserve the continuance of the British race and nation. Whether or not we may have tactical differences with him – as this reviewer has – is a secondary matter, as is the fact that his book shows that he offers only a modicum of innovative thought: after all, it is a defence of the British Imperium, as is his whole life’s work.
Someone once said that he is like an old oak in the forest who will be blown down by the changing winds of fashionable opinions, which the younger willows can bend to and thereby survive. He is not an oak: he is an immovable rock. Only time can remove him, and at 68 this is something that he is aware of. I say this as someone who has known him since he first came into radical right politics 45 years ago. His family believes that he is directly descended from William Tyndale (1490-1536), the religious reformer and first publisher of the English Bible, who spent much of his life embroiled in the flames of controversy and was eventually burnt at the stake. Yes, he must be related!
Readers in Ulster and the rest of Ireland will be interested to know that
John Tyndall’s forbears settled in Ireland in the 17th century. His
great-great uncle was Professor John Tyndall (1820-93), physicist, natural
philosopher and spare-time mountaineer. His great-grandfather and
grandfather were members of the Royal Irish Constabulary, the latter being a
District Inspector, when the family moved to the North (Portadown).
Needless to say, they were strong Unionists, which is reflected in his own
beliefs. For example, on page 377 he states:
Because of his family background he has an extensive knowledge of the history of Ireland and Ulster in particular. In fact he devotes the whole of Chapter 16 to "What is at stake in Ulster".However, he gives short shrift to the concept of an independent Ulster nation, as he does to Scottish, Welsh or English independence, or anything that threatens British unity. As with most viewpoints, this has always been his outlook as he describes (p.64) how in 1958 I "half persuaded and half pushed" him on to our East London street corner platform to make his first public speech. Following this and many other meetings, where he became a very good, but fiery orator, he writes:
"There was now no longer any doubt as to where I stood. I was first and foremost a British Nationalist, not in the narrow sense of nationalism as applied to a particular state or territory, but in the much wider ethnic sense of a nation held together by bonds of race……now it was the key and central strand from which all other strands followed.."
On this same page where he defines his early feelings on the interconnection between race and nation, Tyndall makes a significant point in view of the differences between him and the BNP’s present "modernisers" on the question of accepting those people of non-European stock as permanent residents of the UK. As Tyndall will not commit himself to this – although impending European race legislation may force him to do so, he has been accused of "race hatred". Yet in 1958, according to his book, he believed that his views "in no way incorporated any feelings of hatred towards other races…, but merely a dedication to my own race first". My view exactly.
In Chapter 15, The Racial Controversy, he defines this further with
It would surprise some people, therefore, to know that John Tyndall was
imprisoned for six months in 1986 for publishing an article in his Spearhead
magazine (still going strong) that was likely to cause hatred. Perhaps
this was a result of his giving sway to his forthrightness and not taking enough
caution to making it clear that his criticisms of some immigrants did not apply
to all of them. He does make this clear on page 348:
The "racial controversy" forms only part of John Tyndall’s book. Much is taken up by his views on Britain’s role in the world. There are those who contend that our future is as an appendage of the USA, if not in name. Other see us as part of a Federal Europe. A few others, including the reviewer, see us as trying to strengthen our ties with the old white Commonwealth (including Ireland) and joining a European Confederation of sovereign states. Tyndall looks to a union of the White Commonwealth as a "coalition of free peoples". Some patriotic radical right writers and activists in the old Commonwealth nations, Australians in particular, have objected to this on the grounds that we would be looking at them as giant quarries to supply our mineral needs and that it would return them to colonial status. Tyndall exposes this myth in Chapter 17, The Imperial Imperative. The following extracts are particularly important.
"The idea that these people today are somehow ‘sovereign’ by having
cast away their British heritage is as false as the idea that they were not
sovereign when that heritage was firmly instituted and embraced….These peoples
became the masters of their own fate the moment that they grew to a strength at
which no coercion of them from thousands of miles away would have been remotely
possible. From that time on, their attachment to their British heritage
was entirely a voluntary thing, enthusiastically accepted because those peoples
willed it so and wished for nothing else.
In thoroughly recommending this book to all those looking for alternative political thinking, I would make just two minor criticisms. There is a certain amount of repetition, which can be explained by the fact that it has been updated several times since John Tyndall scribbled his first draft in his prison cell. Secondly, as Spearhead readers will know, he does use three words where he could get away with two!Home page
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