It's 70 years on Wednesday since the working class people of the East End of London stood firm against thousands of goose-stepping fascists at what became known as the Battle of Cable Street. There's an excellent piece in today's Guardian with eye-witness accounts. http://www.guardian.co.uk/farright/story/0,,1884440,00.html
The threat from fascism in Britain is if anything more real today than in the mid-1930's. Nick Griffin's BNP may wear suits and ties, but their values are no different from Mosely's Hitlerite thugs. They're lurking below the surface here in Darlington too - today I was passed a sickening leaflet put out in Northgate recently which equated the overwhelmingly decent Muslim community here in the UK with the small band of islamic terrorists. The far right's tactics have always been to poison politics by spreading fear and loathing between communities.
It remains a source of amazement to me that my "sane and rational" friends at the Town Liar website continue to fete a local supporter of the BNP on their pages, without any critical comment. Some it would seem have not learned any lessons from history.