A. K. Chesterton

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Not to be confused with his cousin G. K. Chesterton,Wikipedia's W.svg a prominent author philosopher etc of the late 19th and early 20th century

Arthur Kenneth Chesterton (1896-1973) was a prominent figure in the British far-right.

In 1933 he joined the British Union of Fascists,[1] but resigned when the organisation fell into decline;[2] he and some other former members of the BUF formed the National Socialist League in 1938.[1] Chesterton later became a member of the Right Club, an organisation founded in 1939 by Archibald Ramsay with the aim of ridding the Conservative Party of a perceived Jewish influence.

Chesterton also became a regular contributor to the pro-fascist Weekly Review[3] and joined the New Pioneer Group.[4]

In 1954 Chesterton formed the League of Empire Loyalists; unlike contemporary fascists Chesterton was not interned during World War II, and the LEL was able to garner a certain respectability. But as well as being pro-Empire and anti-communist views the LEL had anti-semitic, anti-American and anti-capitalist streaks, and attracted Nazi sympathisers as well as the mainstream right. Its support did not last long: the LEL had 3000-odd members in 1958 but just 300 in 1961.[5]

In 7 February 1967 various far-right organisations cohered to form the National Front[6] and Chesterton was the chairman of the new party. However, he was eventually driven to resignation by resentful members, the first of many such incidents in the history of the National Front.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/SSchesterton.htm
  2. Sykes, Alan (2005). The Radical Right in Britain. p.70
  3. Sykes, Alan (2005). The Radical Right in Britain. pp.77-8
  4. Sykes, Alan (2005). The Radical Right in Britain. p.91
  5. Sykes, Alan (2005). The Radical Right in Britain. p.99
  6. Walker, Martin. The National Front. p.67
  7. Walker, Martin. The National Front. pp.95-6
  8. Sykes, Alan (2005). The Radical Right in Britain. p.106