Review of 'Hurrah for the Blackshirts', Martin Pugh, Jonathan Cape £20
Back in 1994 I was on a demonstration against the British National Party (BNP) headquarters in Welling. Police had launched into the 60,000-strong march leading to an afternoon of constant police attacks as they blocked us reaching the Nazi offices. As we reached the end a strange group handed out a leaflet explaining not just why they hadn't joined our march but how they opposed it because the BNP were not a problem! Apparently the Nazis had a right to free speech and we were ignoring the real racists in the shape of the ruling Tory government and their Labour friends.