In a move that suggests that dealing with the far right is now being taken seriously at last, one of their activist stars has been committed to jail for 28 days, which hopefully has sent a message to all the others who think they have a right to harass their targets while going about their work, in their homes, or indeed in any unguarded moment.
Amy Dalla Mura
As the BBC has reported, “A Brexit activist who was ‘obsessed’ with former MP Anna Soubry has been jailed for 28 days for harassing her. Amy Dalla Mura, 56, was found guilty after a trial of repeatedly targeting the ex-Independent Group for Change MP earlier this year. Dalla Mura then also stood as an English Democrat candidate in Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire, against Ms Soubry”. That last part was also harassment.
Do go on. “The court heard Dalla Mura targeted the MP between January and March this year, turning up at events and calling her a ‘traitor’ on live television. She disrupted an event where Ms Soubry was speaking, repeatedly interrupting her and live streaming the event on Facebook, and had to be escorted from the premises before the event continued. A second incident saw Dalla Mura shouting ‘traitor’ as Ms Soubry was interviewed live on BBC's Newsnight in Parliament's Central Lobby, while once again filming on her phone”.
Those who look in regularly on Zelo Street know all about Ms Dalla Mura, who is more often known as Based Amy, or the Bacon Lady. For her, and others like James Goddard - another who has set great store by harassing Ms Soubry - pursuing and threatening MPs is how they connect with their audience. It is also how they whip up the mob against them.
She has got away with her act for long enough: criminal damage (stabbing the “Baby Trump” inflatable with a bladed weapon and injuring herself in the process), harassment of MPs, even Brexiteers (David T C Davies being one victim), getting nicked at climate protests, and the unforgettable moment when she and two colleagues went to Paris to support the Gilets Jaunes movement, and those pals got nicked.
And you can remove her from the audience right now
But the harassment of Ms Soubry took Based Amy’s idiocy to a sinister and indeed frightening level, as the Evening Standard account of her trial suggests. “Sentencing, Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said the murder of Jo Cox had left MPs ‘vulnerable' and afraid that they may be targeted, and said Dalla Mura’s decision to stand for election in Broxtowe showed her determination to pursue Ms Soubry”. There was more.
“‘You showed an obsession and fixation with Ms Soubry which has led to you bullying and intimidating, and harassing, this now ex-MP for Broxtowe’, she said. ‘People like you stop ordinary decent people from becoming MPs. This damages democracy, because who would want to put up with this sort of harassment?’” Well, quite.
The far right may consider what Based Amy has done to be just the cut-and-thrust of politics that MPs should expect. Perhaps they believe it’s nothing more than Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson, wanting one of his “polite conversations”. But the reality is that this obsessive behaviour is unacceptable.
And now she’s been committed to jail once, it may happen again. And again. Until the penny drops. Yes, there goes Amy Dalla Mura, on her way … out.
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