Britain First’s Political Prisoners

British nationalist movement Britain First’s two most senior members have been jailed after being found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment. Leader Paul Golding, 36, and and Deputy Leader Jayda Fransen, 32 had been arrested in May 2017 over their activism in the town of Kent where a Muslim gang rape trial was taking place.

Fransen was sentenced to 36 weeks jail after being found guilty of three counts of religiously aggravated harassment while Golding was sentenced to 18 weeks only being found guilty of one charge. They had been charged with a total of seven counts of harassment.

Fransen and Golding distributed leaflets in the Kent area during the trial warning locals about the danger that Muslims posed to their safety. They also sought to confront the defendants at their homes in what is considered a more controversial aspect of their activism. What would have counted against them is one of the homes Fransen visited was the wrong address.

Judge Justin Barron when sentencing them claimed “It was a campaign to draw attention to the race, religion and immigrant background of the defendants”. This should basically be interpreted that in Britain you are no longer allowed to question the type of immigrants entering the country or the problems with the religion of Islam.

Britain First has gained international attention after United States President Donald Trump retweeted videos of Muslim violence in the West that Britain First had posted. New Liberal Senator Jim Molan had also shared these videos on his Facebook page. They have been described as a fascist and racist organisation however their website denies this with their stated aim to defend Britian’s culture, history and Christian heritage.

Fellow British nationalist activist who founded the English Defence League Tommy Robinson who is now with Rebel Media posted a video on the sentence highlighting that in this rape trial the defendants were protected from the British media by being let out side doors (yes they were granted bail) and the scene of the rape a chicken shop is still in business. He also highlighted this was a politically motivated trial of Fransen and Golding with directives coming from the UK Attorney-General.

The UK has become infamous for its laws against free speech and prosecution of people for right-wing and nationalist activism. Fransen and Golding’s activism was certainly controversial and in your face but the jailing of them smells of political persecution. Frasen said during her sentencing “This is a very sad day for British justice. Everything I did was for the children of this country and they are worth it”

The UK prison system already has a high immigrant and Muslim population so there are fears that Fransen and Golding’s safety could be at risk. Their jailing is another sign that the UK is refusing to acknowledge the problems that increased Muslim migration has brought and will go as far as jailing those who dissent from the consensus of the political class that multiculturalism has been good for the UK.

No doubt once free from jail Fransen and Golding will continue their activism and Britain First emboldened by the global support it has received will continue its activism.

Tim Wilms

Tim Wilms is Editor-in-Chief of The Unshackled and host of The Unshackled Waves podcast. He is based in Melbourne, Victoria where he also does field reports.