The aftermath United States Donald Trump’s retweeting of three videos from the twitter account of Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen has seen a back and forth between Trump and United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May.
A spokesperson for May said it was wrong of Trump to retweet Britain First and they were a group that spreads “hateful narratives which peddle lies and stoke tensions”. Trump responded with a tweet stating that May should focus on the Radical Islamic Terrorism occurring in the UK rather than him.
.@Theresa_May, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2017
There is growing pressure on May to cancel Trump’s state visit to the UK with a number of MPs in the House of Commons this week speaking in favour of such a move. One of them was shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott who claimed Trump was “offensive to all decent British people”. May’s own Home Secretary Amber Rudd called for Trump to delete his twitter account.
Theresa May is currently in Jordan wrapping up her tour of the Middle East. Commenting on the growing political storm following Trump’s tweets May called Britain First a “hateful organisation”. She also reaffirmed her government’s commitment to cracking down on the activities of the so called far-right “In the United Kingdom we take the far right very seriously and that’s why we ensure we deal with these threats and this extremism wherever it comes and whatever its source”.
These comments follow Theresa May declaring in June after the Finsbury Mosque attack that Islamophobia was a form of extremism. Home Secretary Amber Rudd has also declared she wants to see people jailed for up to 15 years for regularly viewing far-right material on the internet.
It is an important point that this reaffirming of the UK government viewing nationalist activism on par with Islamic terrorism does not come after an act of violence from nationalists, it is a response to three tweets actually showing Muslims engaging in violence.
It seems the media and politicians in the UK are more upset by the fact that people are highlighting that most terrorism in the West is commitment by Muslims than actual Islamic terror attacks themselves.
The organisation at the centre of this controversy Britain First describes itself as both a political party and street movement. It’s activism at present is opposing the Islamisation of the United Kingdom. It is not a white nationalist, nor an anti-Semitic organisation but rather stands for the defence of British values and its Christian heritage.
Because it is also a street movement its demonstrations attract the usual violent leftist counter-protestors who attempt to shut down their opponents by any means necessary. Of course, when violence occurs at their events Britain First are blamed and its members charged by police when all they are doing is defending themselves and expressing their views.
It is worth noting there has not been a word from the UK Government about tackling far left extremism. Even though recently a leftist group unfurled a banner on a bridge in Manchester during the Conservative Party conference which read ‘Hang the Tories’ and had two dummies being hung by their necks to demonstrate the point.
It is clear that the UK Government is refusing to tackle the extremism which is actually causing death and destruction in the nation. If this is the position of a Conservative government then you really despair for the UK’s future, those seeking to rescue it and defending freedom have now been declared enemies of the state.