Tradition embodies a spirit of community over individual: an inseparable bond of loyalty a person possesses to his kin above himself. This loyalty can be extended to the religious, local and national spheres to name but a few. Whilst traditionalists are acutely aware of the burgeoning age of individualism – of mass consumerism, sexualised culture, spiritual bankruptcy – and are apt in defending their values when it comes to these topics there remains a an argument which, when contested, one may struggle to answer. The question is, ‘what is Britain to you?’
Britain is a democracy, one of the oldest, isn’t that so? Every few years we have a General Election, when an atmosphere of excitement is built up around the idea of electing a Government to run the country. Many speeches are made by contending politicians, newspapers are full of political analysis, debates are held on television, all leading to a climactic polling day when the electorate vote for the party they believe is best able to run the country. The process concludes by the successful parties forming a Government led by a Prime Minister who lives in 10 Downing Street and runs the country with the help of those Ministers he appoints.
We propose the establishment of a grass roots counter establishment, a local support network - our own institution - that brings together traditionalists of every persuasion. Not a political group - but networks where people can live tradition and experience culture, a genuine community, where individuals can learn, where skills can be shared, where ideas can flow, where friends can be made, where resources can be given, where action can be planned, and ultimately where an original, radical and passionate resistance can be built and instilled in our supporters.
On Saturday 19th October 2013 the Traditional Britain Group held its annual conference. e event, which attracted around a hundred attendees, was described by all we spoke to as "marvellous", "brilliant" and a huge success.