Revealed: neo-Nazi terrorists are behind Scotland’s newest far right group

A neo-Nazi organisation involved in terrorism and banned by the UK Government is behind a new far right group in Scotland, investigative website The Ferret reveal. During an undercover investigation The Ferret secretly filmed the extreme far right group Scottish Dawn revealing its links to National Action. A Scottish Dawn activist it filmed also revealed he’s a former member of UKIP and claimed that he got drunk with David Coburn, the party’s leader in Scotland. Scotland’s newest far right group also has links to violent Polish neo-Nazis who are active in the UK.
The Ferret’s seven month investigation has prompted calls for the government to take action against Scottish Dawn. The Ferret’s team met Scottish Dawn after email conversations and meeting its members at far right protests attended by white supremacists and the Scottish Defence League. During a meeting at an Edinburgh pub they secretly filmed two members of Scottish Dawn talking about the latest far right group to emerge in Scotland. The men used the false names ‘Fraser’ and ‘John’ to protect their real identities. But Ferret’s team have identified ‘Fraser’ as Ruaidhri McKim via the mobile phone number he provided. That number took them to the website of WB Stonemasonry – a firm based in East Lothian – where he was listed as managing director alongside his mobile number.
These details were removed from the company’s website after they contacted McKim to ask for a comment and the company did not reply to a request for a comment. During the meeting, McKim also told Ferret’s reporter that he was a member of UKIP. Speaking about National Action he told the reporter: “It was getting too successful for the mainstream basically and they were really getting worried. National Action were a good organisation and the stuff we (Scottish Dawn) do is very similar. Basically there are some members in the group that were in National Action. It’s kind of hard to talk about it because it’s a prescribed (sic) terrorist organisation.” On UKIP, McKim said: “I was in UKIP for a while. Then after Brexit I just left because I didn’t see a point in it anymore. There’s lots of radical people within it, but no one with any position is a radical. UKIP Scotland was fucked man. I’ve been drunk with David Coburn – he’s really good fun. He’s a fun guy.” ‘John’ has not yet been identified.
Scottish Dawn emerged shortly after National Action was banned last December under the Terrorism Act 2000. National Action was the first extreme right-wing group to be proscribed as a terrorist organisation in the UK. It celebrated the murder of Jo Cox on social media and praised the actions of Mair who stabbed the Labour MP to death 15 times in a frenzied attack. National Action later adopted the slogan – “Death to traitors, freedom for Britain!” – which was Mair’s declaration when asked to give his name in court. Then Home Secretary Amber Rudd described National Action as “a racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic organisation which stirs up hatred, glorifies violence and promotes a vile ideology”. Being a member of National Action, or inviting support for it, is a criminal offence carrying a sentence of up to 10 years’ imprisonment. National Action was active in Scotland where it ran a ‘whites-only’ foodbank in Glasgow. It posted a video on Youtube of a secret training camp in Scotland where members took part in boxing matches.
After it was banned, Scottish Dawn appeared in early 2017. It claims to be “a patriotic society for the defence of our race and nation active across Scotland” and McKim said that: “Everything that Scottish Dawn does is legal.” He made several Nazi references during the conversation. Explaining to Ferret’s reporter why he had two phones, McKim said: “I have Nazi phone too”. He added: “There’s quite a few vegans and vegetarians [in Scottish Dawn] because they’re kind of that sort of Nazis. Nazis were the first government to even basically think of animal welfare.” McKim later emailed the reporter and advised reading about the Nietzschean ideal of the ubermensch to “improve oneself”. Ubermensch means ‘superhuman’ in German and was used by Hitler to promote the warped idea of the Nazis as an Aryan master race.
Scottish Dawn also claimed to have helped homeless people in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen – on the advice of Polish neo-Nazi thugs. McKim said: “Yeah we were introduced to the idea by Polish nationalists. It’s quite weird, there’s Polish nationalist organisations that are active in the UK.” The Ferret’s reporter said: “What are they called again? ‘John’ said: “National Rebirth of Poland.” McKim then said: “In Polish, it abbreviates to NOP. Their logo is like and arm like that (bending his arm) with a sword. They’re ok. They’re a bit mouthy and skinheady, but they are nice guys and stuff. They had this big idea to take back homeless outreach from left-wing groups or Christian groups or whatever, and put it in the hands of nationalism. They’ve got groups in Europe too, I think.” NOP (Narodowe Odrodzenie Polski) is an extremely violent neo-Nazi group and there is growing concern in the UK over its violent activities. In March, 31 Polish nationals were arrested in Liverpool when neo-Nazis attacked police and local people.
Scottish Dawn has attended at least two demos organised by the Scottish Defence League (SDL). Its first public appearance was at the SDL’s anti-refugee demo in Alloa in March, alongside the National Front and other racist organisations. Members were also at the SDL’s Wishaw demo in April. Scottish Dawn uses a bright yellow flag displaying a black runic symbol known as the “life rune”. The symbol was used by the Nazis and has since been adopted by other neo-Nazi groups. At demos, Scottish Dawn disguise their faces and wear yellow-tinged sunglasses. Scottish Dawn’s website has the header – “Blood and Soil” and “Defending our Country | Defending our People”.

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