London (Oct. 22)
A Britain for the British is the aim of the Legion of Loyalists, an anti-Semitic group that hides behind the guise of a patriotic organization. Incorporating the well worn plea against Jewish domination of commerce. This group states that it has nothing against the Jewish religion as a religion but “that it was the sacred trust of the British nation that British commerce should remain in British hands, and the race must be a poor one indeed if it was going to allow some 30,000 Jews to dominate its commerce.”
The Brentford and Chiswick Times, reporting the announcement of a new branch to be inaugurated in Chiswick, states that the organization is four years old and has several growing branches in London and the provinces. The paper reports the speech of Lionel J. Hirst, leader of the group, at the meeting in which he announced the new branch.
RACE BOGEY RAISED
Mr. Hirst is quoted as saying that “the movement was bound to succeed if everyone who came into it realized that the task that was paramount was the purification of the British race.”
He stated that there were certain small fry that the organization would deal with but it was particularly out after “the big financiers in this country who had no nation, who had wandered over the world’s surface creating strife, working below an undercurrent of polities, creating unemployment for their own ends, swamping the markets with cheaply made goods and drawing their shekels from other people’s misfortunes.”
The speaker accused the Jews of contaminating Englishmen.
“Even Britishers,” he said, “were fast becoming imbibed with the principles of the Jewish race because they had to live in an age of fierce and insensate competition.”
HIRST EXPLAINS SYSTEM
Describing the “horror” inflicted upon England by the Jews, Hirst said that “the little shopkeeper is squeezed out by the unscrupulous syndicate which brought up a lot of goods cheaply. Here was the tragedy. A ring of five or six men opened up a business next to a small man. They bought a colossal bulk of goods at a cheap rate, and the result was that they were able to cut out the profit and sell on discount. No wonder they were able to have attractive shop fronts illuminated with electric signs. One by one the British shopkeepers were being turned out of their shops and thrown to the scrap heap.
“The Legion of Loyalists’ policy” was based upon facts. People could either accept them or reject them, but from their own point of view there could be no compromise. Let them forget Conservatives, Liberals, and Socialists and turn to a movement that had a new ideal and a new creed, which had as its aim a new Britain based on those principals which had made her great and respected throughout the world. Other organizations had compromised, but they were prepared to make no compromises. They would have to trust each member, and to train him or her for the time when they would be prepared to fulfill their obligations. There must be no fleeting enthusiasm. It was very easy to arouse the interest of the average working man and then allow it to flatten. They must prevent that.
Whilst on the subject of the working man, let them remember he was not a man to be despised. He was the backbone of the country, the constructive force of the nation. Could they imagine anything more heroic than the sacrifice of those men at the Gresford colliery who went down the pits to rescue their comrades from a burning hell? Could they imagine certain of their unscrupulous friends doing that? They toiled not, but lived on the back of the British race. They came over here in their hordes from Germany, and the British working men had become their servant. Those were facts never brought home to the workers.
“The meeting concluded,” the Times reports, “with the customary pledge of loyalty to God, King, and country by the members.”