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Meet Scotland’s self-styled heir to bygone Blackshirt Oswald Mosley.
Gary Raikes loves dressing up in the style of the 30s leader of the British Union of Fascists.
And he’s a proper comedy turn as he belts out right-wing rhetoric from an amateurish podium set against a grubby background of neo-Nazi flags.
Pathetic Raikes’s address is delivered to a mere handful of equally hate-filled halfwits via social media.
Nonetheless, his poisonous message is worth decent-minded people being aware of, particularly given his plan to infiltrate local mainstream politics.
Raikes wants supporters of his far-right group, based on notorious Blackshirt Mosley’s mob, to put candidates up for community council seats in Scotland.
The New British Union (NBU) idolises the British Union of Fascists leader, whose violent supporters wore Nazi-style uniforms in the years leading up to World War II.
The openly fascist group is recruiting on Twitter, led by Raikes, the British National Party’s former leader in Scotland.
An official newsletter seen by the Record reveals that NBU members plan to stand as independent candidates to build support locally.
The document explains what Raikes terms the “Quiet Revolution”. It says: “The important action is that cells should try to center (sic) around a member willing to stand in parish/local elections as independent candidates and help get them elected.
“Blackshirt cells will develop into Blackshirt units in every village, town and city in the UK. The idea is to build fascist cells of two to five people in as many places as possible.
“The action is true, grassroots style politics – fostering change nationwide, from the local level. The fundamental application of this philosophy is the induction of true British nationalists in all forms and level of local government.
“We at the NBU have recognised that obtaining appointment to parish and community councils is both a symbolic, and practically necessary, starting point in the pursuit of this philosophy of action.
“The NBU is a young movement, yet already has a handful of parish councillors and one county
councillor. We also have a number of our people about to take up seats on Scottish community councils.”
Bristol-born Raikes formed the NBU in 2013 after leaving the BNP. He was also a member of anti-Muslim group Britain First, led by Scottish loyalist Jim Dowson.
At the 2007 Scottish Parliament election, Raikes was a BNP candidate for the North East Scotland region.
In 2015, the NBU claimed it was targeting Elgin politically, prompting a backlash from locals.
The NBU uses Nazi iconography, while Raikes posts sinister propaganda videos of himself speaking in a black uniform.
Another video on the NBU site is of far-right criminal Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, aka Tommy Robinson, who is an adviser to UKIP.
Yaxley-Lennon is a former BNP member and football hooligan who has been convicted of multiple crimes including mortgage fraud and assault.
In one video, Raikes says he is trying to “unite the right”.
Unite Against Fascism said: “Thankfully the far right in Britain is divided – whether this numpty has the ability to unite them remains to be seen. What can be seen from the NBU website is that Tommy Robinson is the lightning rod that they are trying to use to unite the far right.
“Although the slogans and emblems of the NBU look old-fashioned, we can see when they were used last year in the ‘unite the right’ rally in Charlottesville in America that they can become potent once again.