In Somerset during the May General Election campaign UKIP's proxy leader Pearson went around asking UKIP PPC's who had put years of work into their constituencies to stand down to improve the electoral chances of his old Tory chums. At Tiverton on Monday one question asked for an assurance from each of the candidates that they would never allow this sort of thing to be repeated.
That was no problem for Tim Congdon who had already stated he would never countenance any secret deals. Farage jumped up and said he had phoned Pearson on the morning of his stand down for my Tory chums statement begging him not to make this statement! Well the band played believe it if you like. However this clearly showed this move of Pearson's must have been previously discussed with Farage.
Does anyone believe that Pearson would have acted against Farage's explicit request? I don't. Why then is Farage still including Pearson as part of his proposed management team. Why would he want such am undisciplined person as Pearson on board? Pearson should either confirm he acted against Farage's specific request or deny he ever received any such phone call. As Pearson is now conspicuous by his absence it falls to Farage to clarify this incredible situation.
Farage's principal ally in the EFD group is the Liga Nord. I give some background research below on this group and its leaders and ask why does the ordinary UKIP member want to be in a coalition with this group?
Mario Borghezio, Lega Nord, & links with wartime Nazis.
Mario Borghezio (b. Dec 3 1947, Turin, Italy) is a Member of the European
Parliament (MEP) representing the North West of Italy. He is a member of the Lega
Nord, a secessionist party that advocates independence for the northern region of Italy
that it calls Padania. In actual fact, the party's ideology is somewhat confused, as it
seems to embrace both secessionism, and federalism.
In the European Parliament, Lega Nord MEPs sit in the Europe of Freedom &
Democracy (EFD) group.
Borghezio has brought a new dimension to the debate in Brussels and Strasbourg. He
recently hosted a press conference for the conspiracy theorist Daniel Estulin, on the
subject of the Bilderberg Group. He has also tabled a written declaration calling for
nations to declare their contacts with extra-terrestrial life forms.
Before examining Borghezio's links with far-right groups, including one with very
strong wartime Nazi connections, it is worth briefly discussing Lega Nord, and the
nature of some of its senior figures.
A number of the Lega's prominent elected members have been involved in controversy. Party leader Umberto Bossi suggested during an interview in 2003, that the Italian Navy should open fire on boats containing immigrants, who he described as "bingo-bongos".
In the same year, Giancarlo Gentilini,
Lega Nord Mayor of Treviso, said of
immigrants, that "we should dress
them up like hares and bang-bangbang".
Gentilini also declared, at a rally in Padania in 2008, that "We must cleanse our streets
of the black-skinned, the yellow-skinned, the Roma … I would have all the immigrants
put on file, one by one. Unfortunately, this is not allowed by the law. They are the
carriers of all sorts of diseases, tuberculosis, Aids, scabies, hepatitis. As a result he
was convicted of "inciting racial hatred". (1)
In 2002 the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) first
denounced the party: "leaders of the Northern League have made a particularly
intense racist and xenophobic propaganda, although it should be noted that even
members of other parties have used a political language xenophobic or otherwise
In 2006 the ECRI further noticed "with regret that, since then, some members of the
Northern League has stepped up the use of racist and xenophobic discourse in
politics. While noting that you are in this respect especially the local elected
representatives of this party, including some important political leaders at national
level have issued statements racist and xenophobic. These talks have continued to
target mainly the immigrants, but also other members of minority groups such as
Gipsy or Southern Italians".
In August 2010 a report published by the Council of Europe criticised Italian
politicians for "promoting a xenophobic environment that has spawned an alarming
series of violent anti-immigrant attacks." Borghezio responded to the criticism by
stating that "Once again the European bureaucrats judge from their comfortable
armchairs in northern Europe the emergency measures that our country has had the
courage to put into effect."
In May 2009, Matteo Salvini, formerly an MEP and at that time Lega Nord secretary
in Milan, called for racial segregation on Milanese public transport (2) He
subsequently returned to the European parliament, where he now sits as an MEP in
the EFD group alongside Borghezio.
Salvini was one of a number of MEPs who, in the previous (2004-2009) parliament
had been expelled from their political group for racist actions. The group in question
was the Independence & Democracy Group (Ind Dem), which was effectively the
forerunner of the EFD. Two British MEPs, Nicole Sinclaire and Michael Nattrass,
have subsequently resigned from the EFD group in protest at the presence of
extremist elements. (3 & 4)
Lega Nord's website openly carries the slogan "No votes for immigrants". (5)
The Lega website also carries an article advising women to carry pepper gas sprays to
protect themselves from Romanian and other foreign rapists, which has led to
accusations of incitement to commit violence. (6)
2. (Guardian, May 8, 2009).
Father Abrahamowicz & Holocaust denial.
In 1984, Father Florian Abrahamowicz, described as the "Chaplain of Lega Nord"
had spoken at a ceremony in honour of those who died in support of Mussolini's
republic, which had fought, he claimed, for motherland and religion, "innocent victims
because their murderers belonged to no legitimate army", a reference to the partisans,
described as belonging to an unnatural Communist sect.
In 2006, he said in a television interview that he viewed Erich Priebke, a German SS
officer convicted of war crimes for a 1944 massacre in Rome, in which 335 Italian
civilians were killed in reprisal for the deaths of 33 German soldiers, not as an
"executioner", but rather a soldier who acted "with regret and a heavy heart".
In January 2009, Fr. Abrahamowicz said that he was not sure the Nazis had used gas
chambers for anything other than disinfection, claimed that the number of six million
Jews killed was derived from a number fired off by the head of the German Jewish
community without knowledge of the facts, complained that the Holocaust had
wrongly been exalted, by Jews in particular, above other genocides
On 5 February 2009 the Italian chapter
of the Society of St. Pius X issued a
notification that from the following
day Abrahamowicz was to be expelled
from the Society "for serious
disciplinary reasons". (7)
Mario Borghezio - Arrests and Convictions
In 1993, Borghezio was ordered to pay a fine of 750,000 lire following a violent
assault on a Moroccan child in 1991. He appeared to justify this by alleging that the
child was an illegal immigrant.
In July 2005, Borghezio was found guilty of arson, having set fire to the belongings of
some immigrants while they were sleeping under a bridge in Turin during a vigilante
raid. For this he was sentenced to two months and twenty days imprisonment, which
he avoided by paying a fine.
In September 2007, Borghezio was arrested by Belgian police during an unauthorised
anti-Islamic demonstration in Brussels.
In another violent incident, a team of
"green volunteers" -Lega Nord has its
own paramilitary wing, known as the
Greenshirts - organised by Borghezio
to cleanse the Italian railway system of
alleged prostitutes, sprayed a group of
African women, sitting in a train
compartment, with disinfectant.
Borghezio has spoken at rallies of the neo-fascist party Forza Nuova (founded by
convicted terrorist and fellow extreme-right politician Roberto Fiore). At one such
rally in Rome in December 2002, Borghezio attacked "the global attempt to corrupt
and bastardise our blood".
In August 1997, Borghezio called for illegal immigrants to be held in "work camps.
In April 2000, during a regional election campaign, Lega Nord members chanted
Borghezio's controversial "Prayer of the Gypsy", with its reference to the gassing of
In early 2009, Borghezio was filmed addressing young fascists on the need to
infiltrate mainstream political parties. (10)
8. (Agence France Presse, Aug 14, 1997).
9. (European Roma Rights Centre Country Reports Series), issue: No.9 / 2000)
Borghezio's alleged involvement in the New Order (11).
The New Order, founded in 1956, positioned itself as a "cultural and extraparliamentary"
political grouping. The group's ideological base was the work of Julius
Two of the most prominent names in the leadership of the New Order, (Ordine
Nuovo, in Italian) were Pino Rauti and Giulio Maceratino.
Pino Rauti, founder of the Order, is
particularly interesting. In March 1972
an arrest warrant was issued for Rauti,
concerning train bombings in 1969. He
has also been indicted and prosecuted
over his involvement in the Massacre
of Piazza della Loggia, a neo-Nazi
terrorist attack in May 1974 in which
eight people died and 102 were
In November 1973, 30 members of the New Order were sentenced by courts for
attempting to revive the Italian Fascist Party. The courts also decreed that the New
Order be dissolved.
Borghezio seems to deny any involvement in the New Order, and on July 31st 2010
he appeared to have obtained a retraction from the British Independent newspaper,
which had printed a reference to his involvement the previous month.
However, New Order founder Pino Rauti seems to contradict Borghezio. In a recent
television interview, he recalled his own memories of Borghezio. He recalled
Borghezio's involvement in the far-right magazine "Orion", founded by Maurizio
Murelli, who was subsequently convicted of the murder of a police officer.
Borghezio, allegedly, had produced a supplement for the journal, called "Orion
Borghezio admits to his involvement with Jean Thiriart & Young Europe.
In a recent interview with Italian journalist Claudio Sabelli Fioretti Borghezio
admitted to his involvement with the Belgian Nazi Jean Thiriart, the founder of Young
"Lo stavo in un movimento rivale di Ordine Nuovo. Si chiamava Giovane Europa. Il
leader era Jean Thiriart" he stated. This translates as: "I was in a rival movement of
New Order. It was called Young Europe. The leader was Jean Thiriart". (12)
Thiriart had trained during WW2 under
the command of SS Lt. Col. Otto
Skorzeny. Thiriart's wartime activities
included the hunting down of
resistance workers in occupied Europe.
Convicted after the war, following his
release from prison in the late 1940s,
Thiriart began visiting Skorzeny, who
was in exile in Spain.
Thiriart was a leading exponent of a united Europe, and in 1965 he published the book
Europe - and empire of 400 million men.
He named the enemies of Europe as
being American imperialism, and
(surprise, surprise) Zionism, and
claimed that 1945 marked "the military
defeat of all Europe". According to US
academic Prof. George J. Michael of
the University of Virginia, an
acknowledged expert on political
extremism, Thiriart acted as an advisor
to Fatah, a wing of the Palestine
Liberation Organisation. Thiriart also
supported various black power groups
in the US.
In an interview with author Gene H. Hogberg in 1987, Thiriart discussed his then
forthcoming work 'The Euro-Soviet Empire from Vladivostok to Dublin', which he
immodestly referred to as his 'Bible'. Thiriart advocated an east-west dynamic that he
referred to as "Eurasianism". Preaching that the main enemies of Europe were
American imperialism and Zionism, he earlier began to set up camps to train young
partisans for guerrilla war against these perceived enemies. This project was halted
by none other than Otto Skorzeny, suggesting a greater degree of influence on Young
Europe from Nazis that was realised at the time. Certainly, Skorzeny was heavily
involved in the Nazi Werwolf project, and so he would have had knowledge and
expertise in this area. Indeed, Skorzeny was considered a major player in the post-war
fascist underground movement.
This raises the question, was Young Europe under the partial control of Otto Skorzeny
at the time of Borghezio's involvement?
Young Europe also participated in 1962 Conference at Venice, where they agreed to
participate in the National Party of Europe along with British fascist leader Sir
Oswald Moseley, the radical ex-Nazi Otto Strasser, and others.
In his later life, Thiriart spent a lot of time in Russia, where he worked closely with
Alexander Dugin, who has blamed the failure of National Socialism on the nature of
the German people, whilst stating that "Russian fascism is a combination of natural
national conservatism with a passionate desire for true changes."
Another admirer of Evola, Dugin has praised the Nazi think-tank Ahnenerbe, an organ
of the SS as "an intellectual oasis in the framework of the National Socialist regime".
Dugin has also described Reinhardt Heydrich as a “convinced Eurasianist"
Closely linked with Thiriart, and himself a member of Young Europe, was Emile
Edmond Lecerf (alias Pierre-Louis Lecour), a former Nazi collaborator during WW2.
Evidence exists in the form of a Belgian police document, dated Sept 10th 1973, of
Lecerf's involvement in a planned far-right coup (Appendix 1).