Oswald Mosley is an important figure in the history of racism movement. He was a supporter of this movement in East London after the Great Depression. The march on 4th October 1936, known as the Battle of Cable Street, was led by him. Here are some things you probably didn’t know about Oswald Mosley.
Even after getting defeated in the Battle of Cable Street, 25% of the people of East London voted for Oswald Mosley in the local election that was conducted only 6 months after the battle. It was a great achievement for Mosley, considering only the house owners got to vote.
Oswald Mosley didn’t support the concept of immigration. He believed that multi-racism was not good for a community. Also, it gave the big businesses a chance to exploit the immigrants as cheap labors. He wanted to give people a fair chance in their own countries.
Mosley was not against trade unions. In fact, he wanted trade union members to be the majority stakeholders in the companies they worked in.
Mosley was not financed by any foreign countries. Many people believed that the Nazis supported him, but it wasn’t true. A huge number of patriotic British people gave him donations as they believed that Mosley’s movement will rescue them from long-term hunger and unemployment.
Many people misunderstood the motives of Oswald Mosley. He started the movement for the greater good of the people of his country. He never hated the Jews or the trade unionists.