Fun with trolls!

EBF Troll hunter badgeWe’ve been having fun with trolls on the blog lately. As usual the same old accusations have been brought up from supporting terrorists to enabling paedophiles. Equally predictably the trolls, whilst advising us to read history, seem to have no grasp of the relevant facts themselves.

It’s because we understand history that we oppose neo-nazis like Britain First so vehemently. We know only too well what happens when religious and racial groups are demonised and alienated. We saw it in nazi occupied Europe, we saw it in the former Yugoslavia, we saw it in Rwanda and, much to the Biffers’ dismay, history saw it when European Crusaders invaded the Holy land, slaughtering Muslims, Pagans, Jews and even fellow Christians as they went.

So – just to be clear…

We oppose terrorism from ALL quarters, including terrorists like the Biffers.

We oppose ALL paedophiles but not all members of any religious group.

We don’t hate white people – we just don’t think white skins make us special.

We don’t hate our country – we just have compassion for others.

We don’t support sexism – we just prefer to address real issues rather than overly-simplistic generalisations.

We don’t support rape – we just don’t blame ALL members of a particular demographic for the actions of a few.

We DO despise fascism BECAUSE we understand the lessons of history and refuse to accept the repetition of one of Europe’s greatest mistakes!

Will Dowson and Golding soon be folding?

They’re getting jumpy over in Bifferland. We know that because they’re trying to frighten someone again.

“But who?” We hear you ask.

The answer may surprise you. It’s certainly an ambitious project. This is intimidation on a scale much larger than Britain First, Lionheart (who of course have nothing to do with BF, really) have ever attempted before.

This time Britain First is attempting to intimidate…… everybody.

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This seems more than a bit transparent to us. It’s an attempt to frighten people into silence. Britain First and KTI have always tried to dominate social media (because they know it’s the only way they can ever achieve any sort of acceptability). Their support is so small that it can only ever be meaningful when across the whole country. Actually it’s only really meaningful when the numbers across several countries are totalled up.

Their pathetically poor turnout at rallies and demonstrations (only around 150 Biffers arrived in Dudley after a major national push for attendees) shows just how few BF supporters there actually are once you cut through the clickbait and the commercial ‘like farms’.

So, since social media (especially Facebook) is ‘where it’s at’ for the Biffers, they need to try to protect their online image. Hence the need to try to intimidate detractors. But it’s not going to work.

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It’s true that internet trolls can be prosecuted. But that’s not the case for people who report crimes or who alert people to the nefarious activities of others. Even in civil cases of defamation (which have the lowest burden of proof) the truth is always a solid defence. If what you say is true it’s not libel. Of course it might be harassment – Britain First know all about that.

Britain First knows all about hate speech too. That’s why their iphone app was removed only days after its launch.

In an amazing feat of irony, Lionheart (one of Britain First’s sister pages but ‘Shhhhhh’, nobody knows it’s really the Biffers) has started posting information about convicted internet trolls. These are the extremely nasty individuals who post obscenities, threats and abuse to other social media  users….

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This is fair enough. Internet trolls do occasionally get prosecuted and quite rightly so. Abuse happens on social media just as in real life and it can be just as harmful.

What’s not fair enough is the attempt to equate it with blackmail….

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What Britain First is attempting to show is that criticism of Britain First (a registered political party that also runs a shop – or should that be the other way around?) equals illegal blackmail. However we can see that the actual offence also involves extortion of moneys etc.

It’s very different from truth-telling – a legal activity that many would argue is actually a civic duty. That’s certainly how we see it here at Exposing Britain First. We’ve told the truth about Britain First to many people in our time. We’ve alerted victims of their fraudulent activities such as the Royal British Legion…

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We’ve highlighted the apparent secrecy surrounding money donated to Britain First’s ‘charitable’ endeavours…

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We’ve also shown how Britain First take credit for things they didn’t do….

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And we’ve exposed the way that they use emotionally charged pictures as clickbait….

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And abuse our war heroes for their own profit….

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And we’ve had some success…

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We think it’s the uncovering of their financially-driven deceptions that worries the Biffers most though…

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And the obvious links between Britain First’s laughably inadequate ‘political party’ status and their rather unusual trading activities…

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There are rules and laws about fair trade and non-discriminatory practice…

13If Britain First continues to break those rules they can’t grumble when people report them to the police, the other businesses they interact with, their victims or the general public via social media. Remember that truth is a very good defence in defamation cases and that blackmail cases tend to involve demands for money, goods or services.

Harrassment is different, of course as Britain First knows only too well. Paul Golding, the head Biffer himself was convicted of harassment over one of his rather silly ‘confrontations’. We would argue, however that asking a registered political party about their actions and policies is a legitimate activity – so long as it doesn’t become repetitive or threatening. We’d also argue that publicising their activities with commentary is a legitimate act of political engagement. Exposing the abusive actions and policies of that registered political party and its members is more than just legitimate, it’s a civic duty in the public interest.

Welcome to the EBF Blog

Welcome to our blog. Here we present ideas and information intended to expose the lies, distortions and hypocrisy of Britain First and its personnel.

We welcome different and opposing opinions, comments and discussion. However the blog is not intended to be a forum for flaming, for trolls to publicise their own pet projects (if you’re that keen on an unrelated project we suggest you start a blog of your own) or for pointless circular arguments that do not relate to the matter in hand.

We invite you to look around, to comment and to share our posts with anyone who my be interested. We support free speech and are very liberal-minded regarding our administrative rights. However we will remove comments which are intended merely to insult other commenters or to ‘out’ people unrelated to Britain First. We will also remove comments which are unrelated to the topic in question or those which seem to be repetitive and intended only to cause distress. Persistent offenders will be blocked from making further comments on our blog.

Unfortunately, removing these posts (however reluctantly) also leaves the comments of those who respond to them out of place. This leaves them open to misunderstandings. We hope that posters will understand if their replies to such trolls are also removed.

This is not an attack on freedom of speech. Anyone has a right to start their own blog and make all kinds of points not related to EBF and its mission. It’s just that EBF isn’t intended to play host to spammers, trolls and flamers. If you want to engage in petty vendettas that’s fine but please don’t do it here.