This scene from the TV drama ‘Mosley’ shows the media’s ‘Battle of Cable Street’ in a factual way. Not as an example of Communist heroism but as an example of crime in the name of Communism. Much debate has arisen over this event; the leftist media commonly portray the Blackshirts as ‘defeated’ or ‘pushed back’ but nothing aside from abiding by the law occurred on their part.
On 4th November 1936, communists and anarchists formed a barricade to block the route of the Blackshirt’s march. As up to 6000 police pre-empted the march to clear the way, they were to meet this anti-fascist barricade first.
The violence that ensued resulted in the arrest of around 150 rioters, over 200 injured innocent bystanders and members of the police being kidnapped and brutally beaten by the lawless communists. No Blackshirts took part in the violence and all left the area peacefully as ordered after the metropolitan police commissioner informed Mosley of the Home Secretary’s decision.
After dismissal many Blackshirts made their way to the BUF National Headquarters, Mosley’s word to them were;
“We never surrender! We shall triumph over the parties of corruption because our faith is greater than their faith, our will is stronger than their will, and within us the flame that shall light this country and shall later light the world!”
The Communists and their left-wing allies portrayed it as ‘great rising of East London workers against Mosley’ but the truth was that the mobs had been gathered from all over Britain and this proved to be the catalyst which created massive support for Mosley and British Union in traditionally patriotic working class East London.
The East Londoners further showed their support of Mosley with huge electoral progress in the areas local to the meetings, also proving the battle had thrown Britain’s communists into a worse position than before.
Former Labour Cabinet Minister, R. H. S. Crossman wrote (New Statesman, 27 October 1961):
“Mosley was spurned by Whitehall, Fleet Street, and every party leader at Westminster, simply and solely because he was right.”
Originally seen on New British Union