‘A plague on both their houses’: Fascism, Anti-fascism and the Police in the 1940s

  • Graham Macklin


The issue of British fascism and the police is again in the news. In November 2003 the Daily Express exposed the ‘Scandal of Nazi Police’, detailing how approximately a dozen serving police officers in the West Midlands were members of the fascist British National Party (BNP).1 These revelations were universally condemned by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), backed by the Home Secretary David Blunkett, who stated categorically that any police officers who joined the BNP would ‘render themselves subject of a misconduct investigation and their behaviour treated with the utmost seriousness.’2 Whilst the furore quickly dissipated, a handful of observers may perhaps have drawn a historical parallel with the experiences of another Labour government half a century earlier.


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