Interview: Expelled from the United Kingdom
Tore Rasmussen, a 37 year old entrepreneur and European patriot is moving back to Norway after an adventure few can tell in the British Isles. He was expelled from the UK for his political activism along with other political activists such as Martin Sellner and Lauren Suthern.
We meet up with him online for an interview.
Q: Tore, you have had a strange experience in the United Kingdom recently. As one of very few Norwegians you were expelled. Can you tell us a little bit about why?
Tore: I was engaged in an organization called Generation Identity. After the migrant crisis of 2015, I realized that the political globalist elites of Europe had no plans of stopping the flow of what was mostly economic migrants, in search of welfare from generous European countries. The result was a wave of terrorism and crime. Weak politicians suffering from pathological altruism were willing to sacrifice the well-being of Europeans for the benefit of foreigners, with little respect and understanding for European culture and values.
I wanted to get involved somehow, but I also am aware of the dangers of extremism and chauvinistic nationalism, so I wanted to find a moderate group which stood firmly on the side of pan-European values and addressed the Great Replacement.
After a long search, I found Generation Identity, which has been called a “Patriotic Greenpeace” They were spot on regarding politics; young, intellectual and well-spoken. Just to my taste.
I got involved, but there was little activity in Norway and they needed help in organizing conferences, which I have some experience in, so I ended up setting up a conference for Generation Identity in the United Kingdom.
However, it seems like the UK is terrified of any debate and so Generation Identity was falsely slandered as a “far-right group.” For that reason – believe it or not – I was barred from re-entering the UK.
Q: Some people say you had a leading role in the Generation Identity UK?
Tore: Well, as I said, I oversaw organizing a conference, and since I was so visibly involved in that, they maybe thought I was a leader of some sort. Upon my arrival after a trip to Austria to the UK the authorities stopped me to interrogate me, they asked me what was my involvement was with Generation Identity, and I said I was the “chairman” of a conference. When I later got the transcript from the interrogation, I noticed that they had changed the word to “chairperson.” Very politically correct! I feel this summarizes my experience with the British authorities.
Q: As I understand it, you have a dark past, being involved in the far-right group Vigrid in Norway in your youth?
Tore: Yes, that is correct. When I was a teenager I got concerned about multiculturalism and unfortunately it was taboo to criticise mass immigration then, the political landscape was very different from today. I ended up gravitating towards Vigrid. It was indeed a bad decision.
However, I am glad I got out before I got radicalised beyond the point of no return. I moved on when I got a new job and made new friends. After that I have never looked back. Since then I have focused on entrepreneurship and more traditional political activism. I visited Israel and was a few years a member of MIFF (With Israel for Peace). For a while I was member of Unge Høyre (The youth organisation for the center right party) and later Det Liberale Folkepartiet. (Norway’s libertarian party)
Q: What about violence? I understand you were involved in a situation in Stavanger in 2001?
Tore: Yes, once when we were our handing out leafleting we got attacked by a large group of immigrants, one of “our” guys took a beating and another panicked and stabbed one of the attackers. I was not the one that got beaten or the one that did the stabbing. I was also declared “not guilty” in any wrong doing the trail that followed.
Q: During the research for this article I also found that the leader of Vigrid, Tore Tvedt, praised your talents and has referred to you as one of his “officers.” What does he mean by that?
Tore: That’s weird. There were no officers or such titles in the organization, only members. I’m a active and outspoken guy. Maybe he therefore remembers me particularly well.
Q: Some might say that there is some resemblance between Vigrid and Generation Identity. What is your response to that?
Tore: I think that is dishonest, they cannot be compared. Vigrid is a fringe group which virtually no-one agrees with, truly an extreme group. Generation Identity, however, is centrist and their views are supported by the majority of Europeans. In hindsight, I wish there would have been a moderate alternative for patriots back when I was young. Maybe I could have avoided Vigrid altogether? In fact, one of the reasons I found Generation Identity so appealing was that it had saved many young people from going down a path of radicalisation. Generation Identity stands for European fellowship, not hate of strangers.
I love the identitarian perspective that all humans are part of layers of belonging, like an onion. We are part of a family, but also part of a local community and then part of a nation, an ethnic group and maybe a religion but also part of an even broader civilization.
The outermost layer of belonging furthest removed from our daily life is that of humanity and then even the ecosystem.
Each layer adds to the complexity of what it means to be an individual. We operate at different levels of belonging.
That Generation Identity promotes ethnopluralism and respects different people’s right to self determination, is to me, a philosophy of harmony: how people can coexist peacefully in the world while still having very different values and spheres of belonging.
Q: Thank you for your time.
Tore: My pleasure.