Something has been concerning us in the EBF office for a while now. We and other groups have been calling for the government to proscribe Britain First for well over two years to no avail. Not that the government has to do what we tell them to but it does seem worryingly inconsistent.
Anjem Choudhary’s hate groups such as Muslims Against Crusades have all been proscribed and Choudhary himself is facing significant charges relating to incitement and encouraging terrorism.
Tommy Robinson has been hauled through the courts and imprisoned following a range of offences. There’s a strong reason to suspect that his far right activities were instrumental in bringing him to the attention of the law over crimes that he might otherwise have got away with. It all looks very similar to the way the US government finally caught Al Capone on a charge of tax evasion.
Every week we read about far right neo-nazis being sentenced for hate crimes ranging from verbal abuse to murder and arson, many of whom clearly were inspired by the rhetoric of Britain First. And yet Golding, Dowson and Fransen remain at large.
Golding has had several complaints against him dropped. He has instigated the intimidation and targeting of countless innocent people and deliberately flouted the law relating to demonstrations. Yet all he has against his name is an injunction to stay away from a particular woman in Essex.
Britain First itself (and via its many offshoot sites) is clearly dodgy in its fundraising, especially when claiming to raise money for
charity and yet none of its officers have been called to account by the relevant authorities.
Britain First was three months late in submitting its accounts without censure. The British National Party (arguably a far less significant threat to the nation’s unity) has just been deregistered for exactly the same offence.
Jayda Fransen regularly posts evidence of herself harassing innocent Muslims (a form of personal trespass) and spouts lie after lie intended to discredit and victimise the entire Muslim population of UK. Yet she too is allowed to continue without any legal consequence.
Britain First was subject to an interim injunction, imposed upon them by the High Court with a clear instruction to return to court shortly afterwards. That injunction, together with its conditions and subsequent hearing was allowed to lapse without further action.
So we have to ask ourselves why.
We don’t care if Golding and Fransen grassed up the EDL leadership and did a deal with the Home Office to save their own skins.
We don’t care if Uncle Jim has granted Special Branch access to BF’s records so that they can keep an eye on the far-right scumbags who’ve been stupid enough to join up.
We’re not interested in the advantage to the Home Office of access to ‘secret’ groups of fascists thanks to BF infiltration and reporting.
We care that BF continues to incite hatred and that this is a major problem for UK regardless of how much they help the Police. When innocent Muslims are beaten to death by Biffers because of Fransen and Golding’s incitement the price of that information is too high.
So we ask again. No – we demand that the British government…
Proscribe Britain First