Today the long-awaited trial of Jayda Fransen begins. By tomorrow night we should have a verdict. We’ll have cause either for celebration at the effective demise of Britain First or for frustration at the apparent ease with which these wannabe storm-troopers of the new British Reich seem to flout the law at every turn. Obviously we hope for a severe penalty but in truth, like everybody else, we’ll have to wait and see.
It will be interesting to observe just what happens to the Biffers if Jayda does get sent down. It’s not as though Der Fuhrer will have the bottle to take her place. For all his bravado Paul Golding consistently complied with every request or demand the courts made of him.
He signed on every week at his local police station while Fransen tore up her bail sheet and refused to attend.
He settled out of court, playing ‘a blinder’ which saw him concede to every demand made by Luton police.
He bottled it and ran away when Jayda needed him to contest the ‘political uniform’ charge as a way to ensure her own acquittal.
He never did anything that put him at risk of imprisonment. Let’s face it… Der Fuhrer really hasn’t got any balls. At least Hitler had one (according to a popular wartime ditty).
So if Fransen is locked up we can probably expect Paul to fade away too. He’s not brave enough to take on actual policemen without his more courageous sidekick and his grovelling performance both in and out of court has already made him a laughing stock. All Golding’s ever really done in his brief period of infamy is terrorised old men in empty Mosques and sent threatening letters to single women. He’s nowhere near as popular with the rank and file Biffers as Jayda is either. He’s even less dynamic as a speaker than Jayda. He’s less courageous and he certainly doesn’t have her sex appeal. Fransen may not be the world’s most attractive woman… her mean-spirited personality destroys any skin-deep beauty she might otherwise enjoy… but Golding’s nothing more than a slug in human form.Even most British fash think he’s a joke.
But what of Jayda herself? What will 6 months or a year of porridge do for her?
In truth, we don’t really know. She may come out all the stronger for it but that seems unlikely. Her failure of confidence in and immediately after Burton-on-Trent revealed just how hard it is for her to maintain the façade of impassioned, fearless stalwart of the cause. It seems very likely that a taste of life behind bars will have a sobering effect on her too – especially since any subsequent convictions will be likely to result in even stiffer penalties.
That’s why we hope for a custodial sentence this week. Not because we particularly want Jayda to suffer (although we won’t lose too much sleep if she does) but because there’s nobody within Britain First’s leadership with the courage to carry on following such a blow. We strongly suspect that if Fransen goes down this week Britain First will never recover.
Britain First really isn’t a British version of Hitler’s National Socialism. Britain First lacks the leadership and the dedication to weather even the gentlest of storms and Fransen’s incarceration would be a blow quite beyond their mettle. Golding might carry on releasing pointless videos but he’s already lost his way in the minefield of legal restrictions he surrounded himself with. Like the inept decorator he really has painted himself into a corner with his ridiculous antics. There may be some desperate displays of substanceless bravado but that will be all. And Fransen, even once she gets out of pokey will be in no position to rally the troops to her – subsequent penalties will be too great a deterrent.
We hope for a custodial sentence at the end of this trial because it’ll mean the end of Britain First in all but name!