HeraldScotland: Kenny Smith and Claire Ellis are top figures in the white nationalist group Patriot Option
Kenny Smith and Claire Ellis are the top figures of the white nationalist group Patriot Option (Image: Newsquest)
The enterprise was co-founded with Jodie Swingler, a common far-correct streamer who gained national focus when, utilizing a pseudonym, she espoused the so-known as ‘Grand Replacement Theory’ in an LBC telephone contact with Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer in 2020.
Ms Swingler described Ms Ellis as the company’s “boss” in a video contact by PA activists in November 2021, which incorporated leader Marc Collette. She is no longer involved with Clean & Pure Soap.
Collett, a further former BNP member who has expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler and known as Aids a ‘friendly disease’, mentioned in the contact that: “we have been developing a network of nationalist enterprises … all the other ethnic groups are really great at maintaining their dollars inside one’s personal group”.
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Mr. Lawrence says: “One of the group’s central aims is to make cohesive far-correct communities: in their best planet a society away from society.
“They are attempting to establish their personal communities away from the mainstream and they are searching at these enterprises, in portion, as a way to do that – to attempt to retain dollars inside their group.”
“It really is an emphasis on internal trade and an try to assistance every single other in that way, and I feel that is the primary objective.”
As effectively as obtaining stands at events in PA and at the group’s national conference in Scotland, Clean & Pure Soap has been promoting its goods at craft fairs with no indication of the activities it aids fund. The Herald can reveal that Mrs Ellis had a stall at the craft fair held at the Dornie and District Neighborhood Hall on November 18 and 19. There is no suggestion that the organizers had information of the business’s far-correct connections.
Other people also look unaware of the white nationalist ties to the enterprise. Ms Ellis was not too long ago named ‘creator of the month’ by micamoma.co.uk, one particular of her suppliers. Micamoma could not be reached for comment, but there is no suggestion they are conscious of Clean & Pure Soap’s far-correct connections.
Despite the fact that the enterprise presents itself on its web-site as an eco-conscious, handmade item and hides its connection to the far correct, Ms Ellis’s Twitter web page for perform says in its bio: “ethno-nationalist and likes to be white. A supporter of the patriotic option”.
Clean & Pure Soap has been named amongst Patriot Alternative’s encouraged Christmas gifts for 2021 and is listed on the web-site of Claimore Books, the far-correct publishing property founded by Mr. Smith.
Mr Smith, who stood twice in Springburn, Glasgow, as a BNP candidate, was accused by Unison of waving a swastika on Hitler’s birthday on the Isle of Lewis.
He was expelled from the BNP immediately after leaked details published on the party’s web-site recommended he was involved in operating a weblog that disparaged then-leader Nick Griffin, as effectively as Mr Collett.
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Mr Smith was located guilty of firearms offenses final year. Each he and Ms Ellis have been photographed in Erskine protesting the accommodation of asylum seekers in a regional hotel.
There are a quantity of other businesses that give a supply of funding for Patriot Option.
One particular such business enterprise is Grandma Towler’s, run by PA deputy leader Laura Towler and her husband Sam Melia. The company’s web-site states that it is “separate” from any other organization, but that “income from sales … will be invested in projects that aid our people today and our communities.”
Ms. Swingler and Ms. Ellis appeared on a reside stream hosted by the Towlers in August 2021 exactly where their item was advertised as “pro-white handmade soap.”
Other businesses encouraged by Claimore Books contain Celtic Moon Candles, Faithful Hound Honeys & Syrups and Maypole Antiques. The Celtic cross is a symbol frequently utilised by far-correct groups.
Though the PA is a fringe group with only a handful of hundred members, it harbors an intense ideology, with several members, which includes Mr Collett, linked to the extremist group National Action, a neo-Nazi group that is the 1st far-correct organization to be banned by the British government due to the fact the finish of Planet War Two. .
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