By Kenneth Saunders.

The truth is that Fascism is NOT National Socialism (Nazism). The following points illustrate the fundamental differences between the two creeds:

1. Fascism stands for the Corporate State, while the National Socialists did not. Point 13 of the Programme of the National Socialist German Worker's Party stated: "We demand nationalisation of all businesses which have been up to the present formed into companies". It should be noted that the left-wing Communist, International Socialist and Marxist enemies of Fascism also want nationalisation. For a long time, the Italian Fascists regarded the Nazis as copycats.

2. Nazi Germany invaded Poland together with Soviet Russia, as part of the Nazi-Soviet Pact. The Italian Fascist Foreign Minister, Count Ciano, denounced the pact as a betrayal of the true spirit of Fascism. Polish Fascists were murdered by both the Nazis and their Communist allies. (See the new book 'The Devil's Alliance: Hitler's Pact With Stalin, 1939-1941' by Roger Moorhouse).

3. Fascism is not racist or anti-Semitic, while Nazism undoubtedly was. Sir Oswald Mosley stated in his writings and speeches that races are different and should be preserved, but he was opposed to the persecution of other races. Mosley opposed the mass immigration of Africans, Asians and Jews into Britain, but he did not hate them. The British Union of Fascists had Jewish members, and Mosley's post-war Union Movement formed an associate organisation composed of ethnic minorities who supported his policies. The rival 'Imperial Fascist League', led by Arnold Leese, was racist and anti-Semitic, and he attacked Mosley as an alleged 'kosher fascist', falsely claiming that Mosley's first wife was a 'Jewess'. Leese's IFL ditched the Fasces symbol of Fascism and adopted the Swastika, which the Nazis had copied from the Hindus, and other ancient civilisations.  The BUF did briefly change its name to the British Union of Fascists and National Socialists in 1936, but afterwards became known as British Union, after William Joyce was expelled and formed his own tiny party, the National Socialist League. Joyce was hanged for treason after the war, for broadcasting on the radio service of Nazi Germany, and was known as 'Lord Haw-Haw' for mocking Britain's resistance to invasion. Mussolini's Italian National Fascist Party (PNF) had Jewish members and was not originally racist or anti-Semitic, but in 1938, the Duce regrettably adopted racist laws under the influence of Nazi Germany. The British Union never made the same mistake.

4. After the Second World War, in his autobiography 'My Life' Mosley condemned the atrocities and war crimes of the Nazi and Soviet regimes. He wrote that at first he did not believe the accounts of crimes alleged to have been committed by the Nazis, but concluded that even if one Jewish civilian was killed instead of millions, he would condemn it as a crime.