My Dear Fuhrer: A Quick History of Daily Mail Fascism.


blackshirtsI can imagine there are very few people on all sides of the political spectrum in the UK that do not support Ed Miliband in his fight against The Daily Mail’s vicious smear campaign. Miliband took the rather unprecedented step for a politician when he decided to take on the Daily Mail directly. The hate rag, that apparently has no issue hounding vulnerable people to suicide aimed their most recent attack at the Labour leader’s late father; the revered Marxist academic Ralph Miliband. The Mail wrote:

“The man who hated Britain: Red Ed’s pledge to bring back socialism is a homage to his Marxist father. So what did Miliband Snr really believe in? The answer should disturb everyone who loves this country.”

– The entire piece surrounds a quote from Miliband Snr’s diary from the age of 17, in which he refers to Brits as ‘rabid Nationalists’. The entire piece asserting that the Labour leader’s father ‘hated Britain’ rests on that one quote. It is the mark of a paper that has no reasonable argument to make, and so just attacks, just hounds, and just aims to hurt lives. This is how the Daily Mail operates. It exists not to inform, but to injure. Not to progress debate, but to mislead and misrepresent. They do however present one aspect of the story, that they predictably quickly gloss over, but it is worth expanding on. The quote from the piece in question is:

“Ralph Miliband then served three years in the Royal Navy…”

– This is a particularly important quote, because whilst the father of Ed Miliband was fighting the Nazis by manning a destroyer during the heroic Normandy landings, the great-grandfather of the owner of the British-loving Daily Mail was back in the safety of Britain, supporting Hitler.

In fact as early as 1926, the Mail was known throughout Europe as a Fascist publication. In that year, Benito Mussolini wrote to the new Chief Correspondent at the Mail, G. Ward Price:

“My dear Price, I am glad you have become a director of the Daily Mail, and I am sure that your very popular and widely circulated newspaper will continue to be a sincere friend of fascist Italy. With best wishes and greetings, Mussolini.

A few years after a delighted Mussolini congratulated the Mail’s new Chief Correspondent on his position on the Fascist supporting paper, the proprietor of The Daily Mail, Harold Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere in 1933 took that support one step further:

“I urge all British young men and women to study closely the progress of the Nazi regime in Germany. They must not be misled by the misrepresentations of its opponents. The most spiteful detractors of the Nazis are to be found in precisely the same sections of the British public and press as are most vehement in their praises of the Soviet regime in Russia. They have started a clamorous campaign of denunciation against what they call “Nazi atrocities” which, as anyone who visits Germany quickly discovers for himself, consists merely of a few isolated acts of violence such as are inevitable among a nation half as big again as ours, but which have been generalized, multiplied and exaggerated to give the impression that Nazi rule is a bloodthirsty tyranny.”

– This was in the same year the Nazis implemented the Jewish boycott, leading to state managed harassment, beatings, and forced removals of Jews by Nazis. Less than a year later, the Nazis would engage in what is commonly referred to as the “night of the long knives”, in which political critics of the regime were brutally murdered. Lord Rothermere believed at this point that the Nazis bloodthirsty tyranny was being misrepresented.

In 1934, The Daily Mail began openly supporting the blackshirts; The British Union of Fascists, through its leader Oswald Mosley (himself heavily influenced by Mussolini, whom he met earlier in the decade). In 1934, the Mail wrote that the British Union of Fascists were:

“…a well organised party of the right ready to take over responsibility for national affairs with the same directness of purpose and energy of method as Hitler and Mussolini have displayed”.

– This makes the “rapid nationalists” quote of Ralph Miliband seem completely uncontroversial. The Daily Mail openly supporting the methods and purpose of Hitler and Mussolini, for the sake of Fascism in Britain.

In the 1934, Harold Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere, and owner of The Daily Mail flew to Germany, and met with Adolf Hitler. Here are the happy couple:

Rothrmere.Hitler
– This is at a time when Daily Mail editorials were used as propaganda, by the Nazis.

In 1938, the Nazi owner of the Fascist-supporting, anti-British Daily Mail sent a telegram to Hitler to announce his support for the Nazi annexation of the Sudetenland. In it, Rothermere wrote:

“My dear Fuhrer everyone in England is profoundly moved by the bloodless solution to the Czechoslovakian problem. People not so much concerned with territorial readjustment as with dread of another war with its accompanying bloodbath. Frederick the Great was a great popular figure. I salute your excellency’s star which rises higher and higher.”

– Rothermere was fully supporting an apparent Nazi (not German) right to empire in Europe. The annexation of Sudetenland lead to its Jewish inhabitants rounded up and thrown into concentration camps, alongside any left leaning opposition in the territories. A month after Rothermere sent his telegram of support for the “bloodless solution”, Sudetenland and the rest of the Nazi empire experienced the truly horrific night of broken glass, in which 91 Jews were murdered, Jewish homes and businesses destroyed, and 30,000 Jewish men, women and children rounded up like animals and thrown into concentration camps.

A letter from Rothermere in 1939 (six years into Nazi control of Germany, and thousands of political murders later) congratulated Hitler on his success in Prague, and urged him to move on to Romania. Rothermere had befriended and was paying a Nazi spy in Britain – Stephanie von Hohenlohe – to further his contacts in Nazi Germany, and pass correspondence between himself and the regime. The brutality of the regime at this late point was obvious. Rothermere and the Mail turned a blind eye to it.

So, when you hear the Daily Mail insist that it is relevant to point to brief notes from the mid-20th Century childhood of the father of a political leader in the 21st Century as proof of his “hate” for Britain, and as an attack on his son today… we must keep in mind that during the same period of time, their paper and its owner (the great-grandfather of its current owner) were hoping British troops would fail (including the bravery of Ralph Miliband), and openly praying for a Nazi victory, and dictatorial Fascism across Europe and Britain.

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27 Responses to My Dear Fuhrer: A Quick History of Daily Mail Fascism.

  1. Deeply disturbing, yet not remotely surprising.

  2. […] I’m curious to know whether The Daily Mail have the balls to admit that they, themselves, have a fascist background?  Because they do.  I wouldn’t tell you to just believe me, because you can read it right here. […]

  3. Any source for the Hurrah For The Blackshirts full text? Thanks in advance.

  4. J.A. says:

    The Daily Mail’s main reason for withdrawing support for Moseley’s Blackshirts were threats by advertisers to withdraw their revenue from the paper.

  5. […] Rothermere, of course, also chose to congratulate Hitler on his invasion of Czechoslovakia. […]

  6. TimAitch says:

    I have just re-read Scoop, by Evelyn Waugh. It was an e-book, and it contained a series of letters written by Waugh. They were written in 1935, from Ethiopia, were Waugh was covering Mussolini’s invasion of that country, for the Mail.

    What caught my attention was that Waugh was most unhappy with the Mail’s pro-Italian stance. Well then I became curious as to what degree the Mail had been pro-fascist in the run up to WWII, and came across this very informative site.

    Thanks for the info.

  7. JC says:

    This is a pointless article. The Daily Mail is a reprehensible paper at times, but your assertion that it was on the side of the Nazis during WW2 is nonsense. ‘Openly praying for a fascist victory’? The mental gymnastics required to come to this conclusion really are incredible. Again, not defending the vile smear on Miliband-but most people can see for themselves what an awful thing it was. Drivel like the article above contributes nothing and just makes you look silly (more so than the Mail).

  8. […] My Dear Fuhrer: A Quick History of Daily Mail facism […]

  9. dave says:

    The Daily Mail still supports fascism even today.
    This appeared a couple of years ago on the Mail Online site – it shows open support for Marie Le Penn for the National Fornt in the French elections: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/images/2012/04/495241.jpg.indyscaled.jpg

  10. Michael H says:

    The Daily Mail cannot say a lot about LAbour and there mp’s, when it supported Hitler and the nazi’s, Lord Rothmere, should have been arrested and tried as a traitor, and it is still a fascist paper today.

  11. […] them, after all the Daily Mail is renowned for it’s political neutraliy (please see here and here) Somehow I doubt it. So why the reaction to this, after all at least one third of Scots are […]

  12. […] tory friends we never hit a raw nerve or got any complaints.’ The Daily Mail was at one point basically run by Nazis. Robin Lustig pointed out that  “This year, the Mail reported that disabled people are […]

  13. RS says:

    Dave
    Is there any other party that overtly supports France for the French than the National Front? If not, what other party could the Daily Mail possibly support in good faith?

  14. […] “The Daily Mail supported Hitler and the Nazis prior to World War II and promoted fascism in the UK in the […]

  15. […] as self harm? There can’t be much pleasure in writing for a newspaper famed for its tacit support for Fascism in the 1930s, and that recently hounded a transgender person – Lucy Meadows – to […]

  16. WHS says:

    If you’re going to smirk and sneer and point fingers about supposed lies, how about your great fat lie that the Daily Mail was “hoping British troops would fail, and openly praying for a Nazi victory, and dictatorial Fascism across Europe and Britain.”

    This is the biggest, filthiest, lie of the lot. The Mail, nor its owners, nor its employees, wanted no such thing. Rothermere was not a Nazi; this is all easily shown. If the Mail had been gung-ho for Nazi victory, it would have been banned at any point between 1939 and 1945; it was not, because it was not for Nazism.

    As for the Marxist Adolphe Miliband, like most foreigners of that era (and the Americans are included in this), they saw British ‘imperialism’ as being as bad, if not worse, than Nazi imperialism in Europe. That the leader of the opposition grew up in a household headed by such a man is more relevant than your outright lies that the Daily Mail was praying for a Nazi victory.

  17. Rachael Glen says:

    You mean the war veteran and Marxist Ralph Milliband? Are people to be barred from office because of their parents beliefs?

  18. […] is owned by the tax-dodger Jonathan Harmsworth and is famed for its long history of supporting a Far Right ideology and printing mostly disgusting […]

  19. […] Or how about Lord Rothermere, owner of the Daily Mail, whose paper attacked Ed Miliband’s father for being a left wing Jew who escaped from the Nazis to the UK and joined the Royal Navy to fight them? When Ralph Miliband was fleeing for his life, the Mail under Lord Rothermere’s great-grandfather was supporting fascism (“Hurrah for the Blackshirts”) and praising Hitler. […]

  20. […] Or how about Lord Rothermere, owner of the Daily Mail, whose paper attacked Ed Miliband’s father for being a left wing Jew who escaped from the Nazis to the UK and joined the Royal Navy to fight them? When Ralph Miliband was fleeing for his life, the Mail under Lord Rothermere’s great-grandfather was supporting fascism (“Hurrah for the Blackshirts”) and praising Hitler. […]

  21. John says:

    The “Night of the Long Knives” was primarily designed to remove Rohm and other senior SA leaders who were embarrassing Hitler with their calls for the regular army (Wehrmacht) to be scrapped and replaced by a People’s Army, led by the SA (brownshirts).
    Hitler was also enabled to cement his relationship with the army by demanding – and receiving – a personal oath of loyalty from every member of the armed forces.

  22. […] way I’d like to make a serious point about how the Daily Mail appears to be labelled fascistic, just because they supported Hitler in the past and just because a recent experiment juxtaposed the word ‘Jew’ with ‘immigrant’ in the […]

  23. […] Wednesday saw The Mail act the cunt with yet another of their massively xenophobic racist attacks on the poor fuckers trying to get over here, with some no doubt spurious links to the truth with some bollocks about limos and asylum seekers.  The Mail just can’t seem to get over the fact that the Nazi’s lost the war, and keep clinging to their 1930s editorial policy of calling Hitler a top bloke. […]

  24. […] would meet Hitler’s approval is actually a return to historical form for the Mail, which openly supported fascism back in the […]

  25. […] Cunt Boots and go steaming into the migrant debate by stating that Germany (never forget The Mail supported Hitler right up until the start of the second world war) was showing Merkal their distaste for Them […]

  26. c.cunningham says:

    The Daily Mail for the bigots and fascists to read to fuel their hatred. NEVER CHANGED.

  27. […] Source: My Dear Fuhrer: A Quick History of Daily Mail Fascism. […]

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