PSA: the main reason that Britain never had a European-style mass fascist movement in the 1930s is because socialists, Jews, trade unionists, black folk and queer people physically dismantled the Blackshirt movement in its infancy by disrupting meetings, toppling stages and assaulting prominent fascists. This meant it never reached critical mass as a street gang capable of controlling public space and providing a pole of attraction for white, working-class youth – a fundamental precondition for the exercise of political power independent of the state by fascist Parties.

my maternal grandfather grew up in a south london working class jewish community and has told me so many stories about this! <3