Roy Kerridge was born at Whitney, Oxon, in 1941. He attended Holloway Comprehensive, Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar School and Worthing College of Art. In 1959 he began writing for the New Statesman. Later he changed to a Chestertonian view of life and began writing for The Chesterton Review, The Spectator, The Salisbury Review, Encounter and the Liverpool Newsletter. He is the author of several books including Beside The Seaside and Other Tales and Druid Madonna (all Britain, Brynmill Press). His latest non-fiction work is The Storm is Passing Over – a Look at Black Churches in Britain, published by Thames and Hudson. He has also written sleeve-notes for Lonnie Donegan records.
Roy Kerridge’s main interests are reading, travelling in Britain and the American South, and drawing children’s cartoons. His pictures have been published in The Voice, Dead of Night, The London Miscellany, The Westminster Review and The Christian Post. His favourite authors, apart from G K Chesterton, are PG Woodehouse, Taki, Rudyard Kipling and WW Jacobs. He lives in London.
Patrick Harrington was born in Kennington, South London in 1964. He attended Pimlico Comprehensive and later Archbishop Tenison’s Grammar School. In 1979 he joined the National Front after a brief spell in the Young Communist League, and was at the centre of student disputes at the Polytechnic of North London in the 80s as an infantile faction of the “left” sought to deny him access to classes on account of his then political views. The court cases he initiated and won at that time form precedents which continue to protect the rights of all individuals. He graduated with a degree in Philosophy, but since then has obtained qualifications in advertising & marketing and computing. Pat is also a qualified teacher, worked for many years on Britain’s (much undervalued) Railway and is now self-employed.
In 1990 he joined with others to found Third Way, having radically altered many of his views and widened his base of social and political contacts; he cites his discussions with Rabbi Mayer Schiller as having a particular influence on him. Pat’s outlook is nowadays pretty close to that of co-operative socialism. He established a collection on both the extreme right and left from his own extensive library of political material, and made it available at the Modern Records Centre of Warwick University. He has contributed to additional research (soon to be published) on politics during the 1980s, and currently serves on the National Executive of Third Way.
Patrick’s published works include:
The Third Way – An Answer to Blair,
The Third Way Manifesto (with Cliff Morrison),
Catholic Social Teaching (with Anthony Cooney and John Medaille) and
Tolkien and Politics (with Anthony Cooney and David Kerr).
Patrick is the General Secretary of the independent Nationalist Trades Union Solidarity.
Patrick is a life-long vegetarian with a strong interest in animal welfare. Outwith family, his main leisure activities are computing and martial arts; favourite authors are JRR Tolkein, Ursula LeGuin, CS Lewis and Isaac Asimov.
RABBI MAYER SCHILLER
Rabbi Mayer Schiller was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1951. His family was in his words “both religiously and politically liberal”. At the age of twelve he decided to become a practicing Orthodox Jew. He had already “turned to the political right some years before that”. At age 15 he began his formal Rabbinic training, entering Yeshivah Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, in the Washington Heights section of New York City. He continued his studies at Mesivta Beth Shraga in the Orthodox community of Monsey, New York. His formal education concluded with two years at the Yeshivah of New Square and six years as a Rabbinic fellow in the Kollel Avreichim of New Square.
His long-held dream of becoming a Talmudic instructor began its fulfillment when he became a full-time staff member of the Yeshivah High School of Queens in 1977. That year, his book The Road Back! which presented arguments in favor of Orthodox Judaism, was published by Feldheim of New York. It has since been twice reissued by the same publisher, and recently translated into Russian. The book was unique in that Dr. Norman Lamm, President of Yeshiva University, in violation of his own long-standing policy, wrote its introduction.
In 1978 Rabbi Schiller authored The (Guilty) Conscience of a Conservative which was “an affectionate critique of the American right”. A major selection of the Conservative Book Club in April of that year, it was warmly reviewed in, amongst others, National Review, Chronicles and Modern Age.
From 1981 till 1987 he taught Talmud, Bible, Codes, American History, Great Books, Political Philosophy and assorted other subjects at the Ohr Torah Institute in Forest Hills, Queens. In September 1987 the Rabbi assumed his current position of Talmudic Instructor at Yeshiva University High School for Boys in Manhattan.
Rabbi Schiller’s writings have appeared over the past decades in many publications, including National Review, American Enterprise, American Renaissance, Tikkun, Rothbard/Rockwell Report, The Patriot (South Africa), Tradition : a Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought, Third Way (UK) and many others. He lectures widely on topics of religion, culture, politics, race and ethnicity, having appeared from Toronto to Pretoria and throughout the United States.
In addition, the Rabbi found time to coach his school’s hockey team to a record of 66 to 5, which has won them six consecutive championships.
David Kerr is a founder-member of Third Way, and contested one of the Northern Ireland seats in the 1994 European Elections. He is a regular contributor to both Third Way magazine and The Independence, himself editing the Ulster-Nation magazine and website, in addition to which he has written articles on the Ulster situation for a many other journals.
David is the author of The Real McCoy: W.F. McCoy: Prophet of Ulster Nationalism and a co-author of Tolkien and Politics.
David, a keen cyclist, has a strong interest in environmental and housing issues. Based in Belfast, he is prominent in a number of local community projects, and describes himself as a non-sectarian radical Ulster-nationlist.