I was about to write a tribute to anti-fascist hairdresser Vidal Sassoon, who died today, but I see that LibCom beat me to it.
Sassoon, dubbed the “anti-fascist warrior hairdresser” by the Telegraph joined the East End-based 43 Group as a 17-year-old trainee hairdresser.
The 43 Group was formed by Jewish ex-servicemen in the wake of World War II who returned home to the UK to see Nazis in Sir Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists (BUF) organising openly, and resolved to continue their fight against fascism.
The organisation fought pitched battles, often armed with knives and razor blades, with the BUF and eventually smashed them off London’s streets. Sassoon’s weapon of choice? Fittingly, a pair of scissors.
Unless Nicky Clarke comes forward about a secret past in Anti-Fascist Action, Vidal Sassoon’s not likely to be matched.