Friday, 19 February 2016

The Steadfast Trust loses the plot

The saga of the Steadfast Trust continues...

The organisation was deregistered by the Charity Commission early last year, although it may well have died even without this occurring. One of its supporters, Darren Clarke, has said as much on Facebook:

Still, it seems that somebody involved with the Steadfast Trust is willing to keep at it, and the website has been given a recent overhaul. Oddly, the charity's official Facebook page still hasn't been updated since April 2015, with bewildered bigots leaving comments asking what has happened. This suggests that the organisation has undergone a change in management, and whoever is running the shop now does not have access to the Facebook page.

Bizarre rantings

Whatever else can beside about the original Steadfast Trust, the articles on its website were at least competently written. The same cannot beside of the new version: the writing here can be charitably described as green ink.

Here is how the site summarises the Steadfast Trust's 2015 woes: with a slideshow of World War II photos.

The site's second news report carries on in a similar vein. It begins with conspiracy theory:

This time around, the Steadfast Trust's opponents are directly compared to Nazis:

Seems a bit rich from an organisation that has previously associated with known neo-Nazi groups.

This gallery also contains a picture showing a policeman chasing a group of naked preadolescent boys. How the Steadfast Trust could feel that a photograph of naked children would be an appropriate thing to post is beyond me, and I have taken the liberty of censoring it:

In another slideshow, the new Steadfast Trust offers a distinctly pro-Christian slant - something which was not noticeable with the previous version of the charity. The site still acknowledges that practitioners of "English paganism" make up a significant portion of the Steadfast Trust's support base, however:

The new Steadfast appears also to be pushing an Atlanticist line. Here, it claims that the pilgrims who settled in America "did so because they want[ed] to live in England as a state of being":

Whoever put these slideshows together has certainly been busy. Too bad they didn't take the time to actually make their arguments coherent. I mean, look at this stuff:

Outside of slideshows, the site is also home to this unreadably garbled rant about race relations in contemporary Britain:

AND finally in pursuit of the old British State and Empire policy of DIVIDE ET IMPERA:- 
(a) That phrase “Black British” may be officially treated by institutions of the UK state including the Charity Commission as referring to an ethnic group that is to be afforded all the rights and privileges in law accorded to people of an ethnic or nation group.  This is to be so even though the UK State, including acting by the Commission for Equality and Human Rights, officially recognises the phrase “Black British” to  be referring to skin colour group – a group formed of people having a black skin colour whilst in the possession of British citizenship. 
(b). That persons who are mixed or multi in origin must stay in the mixed or multi census group in which they can be put according to skin colour and/or race mix and as such  cannot be members, let alone 100% members, of any other ethnic or nation group on the census form. 
(c) That brown and yellow people are to be preferentially treated by never labelling them as such. 
And these are just some of the God awful legal implications of the Charity Commission decision to remove The Steadfast Trust from the Charity Register. 
We know – yes this really is an “you what?” moment  and it begs the questions -” Is it meant to produce schizophrenia?”.  Was it meant to put a poison pill into inter communal relations?.   Was the purpose to wipe out of existence the indigenous communities of the UK  by the stroke of a civil servant’s pen.  Well you decide the answer to all these questions!. 
The burden of having all this garbage sorted out has fallen on The Steadfast Trust; an organisation that has an income of less than £10,000 a year – that is below the level of which an individual is considered wealthy enough to pay taxation.  The burden has fallen on an organisation, The Steadfast Trust, that has been intentional vilified in the public domain as being extremist far right, racist, national socialist (Nazi), white nationalist, etc etc etc.

To top off the weirdness, the Steadfast Trust has adopted the Broadway number "The Impossible Dream" as its theme song.

A Change of Location

Significantly, the organisation appears to have relocated its office during the last year. The earlier version of the Steadfast Trust website gave an Macclesfield-based address, while the new one claims to be located in Stratford-upon-Avon. Furthermore, I looked up the Whois information on the site and found that the provided address for the registrant is in Bury; I do not remember this being the case beforehand.

I looked up the Bury address and found that it belongs to a company called SVM Consultants, which was formed on April 2015. This is a very obscure company with almost no Internet presence. CheckCompany lists its officers as being Stephen and Valerie Morris, but beyond that the only relevant information I could find about it is that it is credited with running a Wordpress blog called England In My Heart:

For reasons of privacy, I blocked out part of the address to be on the safe side.

From here, we can find out exactly who is behind SVM by looking at the comments on the blog's "about" page:

Stephen Morris is a Bury-based English Democrat who stood in the 2015 election. I have not previously come across his name in connection with the Steadfast Trust, but given that its website is registered to his business address, it seems safe to say that he is involved with the current version of the organisation.

But whoever is in charge right now, there is a blatantly obvious flaw with how the Steadfast Trust is now presenting itself: nothing it says makes a lick of sense. It cannot hope to attract supporters with this kind of foaming-at-the-mouth gibberish, and so this development looks less like a revival and more like a last gasp.