Sir Oswald Mosley former head of the British Union of Fascists is a guest the Late Late Show.
Sir Oswald Ernald Mosley, 6th Baronet served as a Member of Parliament in the British House of Commons from 1918 to 1931 as a Conservative, an Independent and a Labour Party member respectively.
He founded and was leader of the British Union of Fascists (BUF) from 1932 to 1940. It was succeeded by the Union Movement in 1948.
The British Union of Fascists who were known for distributing anti-Semitic propaganda came to international public attention because of their belligerent demonstrations and rhetoric, where BUF members dressed in black uniforms known as 'Blackshirts' violently attacked hecklers, Jewish people and those with left-wing leanings in the crowd.
BUF members also conducted quasi-military style marches policed by Blackshirts through Jewish neighbourhoods in London in the 1930s.
Late Late Show presenter Gay Byrne asks why they adopted a black uniform, which in the public’s view clearly linked them to Hitler’s Nazi party. Oswald Mosley says It was because they were a political organisation under attack from Communism.
I had to defend my meetings, and to defend my meetings I had to wear a uniform.
A woman who is Jewish highlights what she says is a lack of balance on tonight’s programme. She refers to Oswald Mosley's well-documented association with and support of Hitler and Mussolini during the Second World War when six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis during The Holocaust,
If people like Sir Oswald Mosley had had their way, I wouldn’t be around today.
Oswald Mosley denies that he espoused anti-Semitism, and maintains that the BUF and Britain were under attack in the 1930s by some elements which were Jewish and agitating for war,
I denounced Jews who were trying to bring a world war, just as I would have denounced anybody else.
A second member of the audience believes that opposing the system is a common feature among the British upper classes, and that Sir Oswald Mosley is no exception. In the 1930s the BUF’s nationalistic ideals played on peoples’ instincts rather than a rational assessment of the political and economic situation in Britain.
He went along with the whole wave of hysteria, which took mainly the Jews as the whipping post.
This episode of The Late Late Show was broadcast on 12 April 1975. The presenter is Gay Byrne.
This audio clip is from of The Late Late Show Audio Collection, a collection of off air audio recordings from Late Late Shows during the 1960s and 1970s, Recordings of many of these programme no longer existence on other formats.