Students have expressed their outrage at a students’ aim to set up a ‘National Culturists’ society from September.
Jack Buckby, a 19-year-old Politics students and self-appointed Chairman of the National Culturists launched a website and ideology earlier this year, along with a team of other young people.
The ideology of the group states they are “aimed at promoting love and a desire to preserve culture and people all over the world.”
It asserts “multiculturalism is causing the decline of diversity” and “together, we can save Great Britain.”
A group of students, along with the Liverpool Antifascists have come together to issue a statement saying “We call on Liverpool Guild of Students to refuse to allow the ‘National Culturalists’ to form a student society, under whatever name or banner.”
“We feel the promotion of these ideas on our campus and in our city goes against all the values of our university and the society we wish to live in, and their presence could leave many of our students and staff intimidated.
“We call on all students, staff, societies, student representatives, trade unions and faith organisations to oppose the presence of the National Culturalists’ and unite to make our campus and our city a place that accepts all regardless of ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender or ability.”
Buckby has used the University of Liverpool Freshers Facebook page to promote the society, asking “Are you socially conservative? Want to meet like-minded students?”
The group are also encouraging other students to set up university societies, creating literature on their website with the slogan “the only patriotic group on campus”.
The group also use YouTube to create messages, including their views on democracy and racism.
In one such video Buckby claims that “marriage is between one man and one woman… gay people have the right to marriage”. The LGBT society have expressed their distate for his views.
Liverpool Anti-Fascists also condemned the group in a statement last week, saying “We hope students at the University of Liverpool make it clear to Buckby et al that they are not welcome!”
The National Culturists have issued a statement in reply, saying “The National Culturists are sad to hear that ‘antifascist’ groups are classing us as racist and as nazis.
“Our group consists of people from a wide range of different political parties, some members have Jewish heritage, and some of our members are devoted Christians, so we’re quite offended.
“We are here to oppose fascism and racism, and promote freedom of speech – and through our efforts at this early stage of our movement’s life, we will campaign as hard as possible to ensure that the people of Liverpool are given ‘both sides of the story’, so to speak.”
The Guild are aware of the situation, but have yet to receive an application to start a new society.
In the last year, LGoS has been the centre for several debates on the idea of a no platform policy. They refused to host a mayoral debate after condemning the University for “giving legitimacy and a platform to fascist speakers”. The University eventually cancelled the debate claiming students’ safety was at risk.
The policy would prevent speakers and organisations seen to infringe upon the existing safe space from entering the Guild. As yet no such decision has been made.
Multiculturalism has become the buzz word for such debates in recent years, particularly since David Cameron claimed state multiculturalism had failed in February 2011. These issues came to the fore when Nick Griffin became the first BNP Member of European Parliament in 2009.