Another day, another terror plot foiled by the authorities: as the BBC has reported, “Four serving members of the Army have been arrested under anti-terror laws on suspicion of being members of banned neo-Nazi group National Action … The men are a 22-year-old from Birmingham, a 32-year-old from Powys, a 24-year-old from Ipswich and a 24-year-old from Northampton … All four are being held at a West Midlands police station”
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There was more: “Police said the arrests were pre-planned and intelligence-led, and there had been no threat to the public's safety … They said they were continuing to search several properties … The men are being held on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000; namely on suspicion of being members of a proscribed organisation”.
National Action has claimed to be inspired by the Falangist movement in Spain, which fortunately for Spaniards died with Francisco Franco in 1975, and the British Union of Fascists. Benjamin Raymond, who the Mirror claimed was leading the group in 2014, told “There are non-whites and Jews in my country who all need to be exterminated. As a teenager, Mein Kampf changed my life. I am not ashamed to say I love Hitler”.
Raymond, a former double glazing salesman, and admirer of Anders Behring Breivik, also claimed “The source of all of the conflict in society is all the different racial groups that have been brought here. They have been brought here to create a people who are deracinated and easier to control”. A series of terror arrests related to a highly dodgy neo-Nazi organisation. So the far-right will be rushing to condemn that, won’t they?
Well, no they won’t. As this post was compiled, the silence from our terror-hating right wingers was more or less total. Let’s look at the roll of shame.
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How about our pal Stephen Yaxley Lennon, aka Tommy Robinson? Not a peep.
Perhaps the convocation of the irredeemably batshit otherwise known as Breitbart would like to say something? Nothing from Raheem “Call me Ray” Kassam. Nothing from his pal Jack Montgomery. Not a sausage from James “saviour of Western civilisation” Delingpole - not even air quotes or a sneer. Zip. Zilch. Zero. Nada. Bugger all.
Nothing from pro-am motormouth Katie Hopkins, who is too busy rubbishing Britain’s teachers and sneering at London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Nothing from Doug Murray The K, normally more hot on terror than anyone else.
Over on the Kipper fringe, no comment, and certainly no condemnation, from Nigel “Thirsty” Farage. Not a peep from his repellant mentor Arron Banks. Nor from MEPs Gerard Batten, Patrick “Lunchtime” O’Flynn, and Suzanne Evans. No comment from leadership contender Anne Marie Waters. The cat got a lot of tongues today.
All of these august beings have previously come down on any report of terrorist activity like the proverbial tonne of bricks, especially from the group who inspired Thomas Mair, the murderer of MP Jo Cox. So why not now? I mean, it wouldn’t be because those nicked were white Christians, and so it doesn’t fit their agenda of kicking the Scary Muslims (tm), would it? Well, perhaps it would. And that’s not good enough.