Oswald Mosley
Sir Oswald Ernald Mosley, 6th Baronet, of Ancoats
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, (16 November 1896 – 3 December 1980) was an English
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, known principally as the founder of the British Union of Fascists
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. He was a Member of Parliament
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 for Harrow
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 from 1918 to 1924 and for Smethwick
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 from 1926 to 1931, as well as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
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 in the Labour Government of 1929–1931.
Mosley was the eldest of three sons of Sir Oswald Mosley, 5th Baronet, of Ancoats (29 December 1873 - 21 September 1928), and wife Katharine Maud Edwards-Heathcote (1874–1950), the second child of Captain
Captain (British Army and Royal Marines)
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 Justinian Edwards-Heathcote of Market Drayton
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, Shropshire
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We have lost the good old British spirit. Instead we have American journalism and black-shirted buffoons making a cheap imitation of ice-cream sellers.

In 1927 after his Labour Party meeting in Cambridge was broken-up by pro-Fascist undergraduates. The mention of "ice-cream sellers" was a reference to Italian immigrants who had opened ice-cream parlours.

Together in Britain we have lit a flame that the ages shall not extinguish. Guard that sacred flame my brother Blackshirts until it illuminates Britain and lights again the Paths of Mankind.

'Comrades in Struggle' (June 1938)

[Fascism] was an explosion against intolerable conditions, against remediable wrongs which the old world failed to remedy. It was a movement to secure national renaissance by people who felt themselves threatened with decline into decadence and death and were determined to live, and live greatly.

Excerpt from My Life by Oswald Mosley (1968)

I am not, and never have been, a man of the right. My position was on the left and is now in the centre of politics.

Letter to The Times|The Times (26 April, 1968), p. 11.

...the old axiom that 'all power corrupts' has doubtful validity, because it derives from our neglect of Plato's advice to find men carfully and train them by methods which make them fit for heroes.

Excerpt from Beyond the Pale by Nicholas Mosley