The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, is being asked (by a Labour MP) to classify Britain First as a “terrorist organisation”; and, following that, to ban (or “proscribe”) it.
Labour’s Louise Haigh has suggested giving the House of Commons a chance to approve adding Britain First to the list of banned organisations.
This “proscription” will be - if made law - deeply undemocratic. It will make it a criminal offence for people to belong to Britain First. Not only that: it will be a criminal offence to even encourage the support of Britain First. The same goes for arranging meetings in support of the party. And to top all that: if you wear Britain First clothing, you'll be arrested and possibly imprisoned.
Now this is what Louise Haigh MP wants for Britain in 2016. Can you believe it?
As Louise Haigh herself put it:
“... can we have a debate about whether Britain First should be proscribed as a terrorist organisation and banned from standing in democratic elections?”
Still, all is not lost; at least as far as Britain First is concerned. As the Leader of the House, David Lidington, put it (in a tacit defence of democracy):
“There have been cases in the past where organisations have been so proscribed, have gone to the courts and successfully won a judicial review to say that the evidence on which that action had been taken was not sufficient.
“So, I’ll make sure that your proposal is reported to the Home Secretary but there has to be clear evidence of terrorist involvement for the terrorist proscription to be applied.”
Before that, Lidington had also said:
“I can’t offer a debate. As you probably know, the Home Office brings forward orders for the proscription of particular organisations but must do so on the basis of evidence.”
Can you the imagine the audacity and sheer stupidity of such a demand to ban a political group? It's both philosophically illiterate and politically extreme. Hasn't MP Haigh ever heard the phrase “correlation doesn't imply causation”?
As far as I know, the killer of Jo Cox (Thomas Mair) wasn't a leader or even a member of Britain First. He has neither been on a Britain First demonstration nor attended a meeting.
Yet simply because he shouted “Britain First” during the killing of Jo Cox, an opportunistic Corbynite MP is calling for the banning of a political group.
Needless to say, similar demands were once made about both the British National Party and the English Defence League. And some left-wingers have even said the same about Ukip!
Let's face facts here: all right-wing and/or patriotic groups (outside the Conservative Party) should be banned, according to many “progressives” – especially Corbynistas like Louise Haigh. Let's state another fact: the forbears of Louise Haigh once classified the Conservative Party as “fascist” and/or “racist” in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990. (Some still do; and the Tories should bear this in mind!)
Is an image of the Gulag beginning to form in your mind?
The killer of Jo Cox shouted “Britain First”. Louise Haigh is a member of a party that is (in parts) rampantly anti-Jewish. So much so that it has been officially investigated (by a Labour baroness!) to that effect. There's more: Haigh is supporter of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign; which has numerous links to Palestinian terrorists. (Take one example. The PSC funded the ship the MV Mavi Marmara (of the “Gaza flotilla”); which contained many well-documented terrorists and Islamists and a large stash of weapons. Some of these weapons would have been intended – at some point - to be used on Israeli citizens.)
Since we're on this theme. Does Haigh support Black Lives Matter?
Yes she does. There are links between Black Lives Matter and support for the killing of 28 policemen in the United States; as well as 11 cop-killings by BLM activists. Haigh's boss, Jeremy Corbyn, was himself very closely attached to - and supportive of - the IRA (as well as of Hamas, Hezbollah) from the 1980s up until the 1990s.
On a final technical note. when Thomas Mair shouted “Britain First!”, how do we know that he was referring to the political party? Perhaps he shouted “Britain first!”, rather than “Britain First!”. After all, Britain First itself chose that title because the words “Britain first” have often been uttered by all sorts of patriots and patriotic groups. And even by a few Conservative MPs!