Tony Hancock – a key figure in British nationalism
for decades – died on the 11th June 2012 in hospital near his Sussex
home. He had suffered a stroke a few weeks ago and though he had seemed
to be recovering, suffered a more severe stroke yesterday.
Nationalists from many different groups and
generations had come to rely on Tony, who fearlessly printed material
that radically challenged the stranglehold of the British political
establishment, and also assisted European nationalists from countries
whose laws are even more oppressive than our own.
Together with his father Alan, a veteran of Sir
Oswald Mosley’s British Union, Tony was a member of the Racial
Preservation Society, which merged into the National Front in 1967. In
1976 he joined the National Party, a briefly successful breakaway from
the National Front, but both then and later he was always ready to
assist fellow nationalists regardless of faction.
In the early 1980s Tony set up the Historical
Review Press, which printed important works of revisionist history
including The Hoax of the Twentieth Century by Prof. Arthur
Butz and Did Six Million Really Die? by Richard Harwood. This
made him a frequent target for Jewish terrorists, who were twice
responsible for arson attacks on his printing factory.
During recent years Tony produced many important
historical reprints, including works by British nationalist pioneers
Arnold Leese and Colin Jordan, and in fact the last time I saw him was
at a recent meeting in Paddington where Steve Frost gave an illustrated
lecture on Jordan’s life and thanked Tony for preserving his legacy.
Tony’s premature death will shock his many friends
in nationalism, and leaves our movement bereft of an invaluable
comrade. A fuller tribute to Tony Hancock will appear in the next
edition of Heritage and Destiny.