Thomas Mair, murderer of Labour MP Jo Cox, is the man in the blue hat in this image – but Nick Robinson says there’s no evidence to connect him with the far-right wing organisation.
What does Nick Robinson think he’s playing at, and where’s the apology from the BBC?
It seems Mr Robinson told listeners to Radio 4’s Today programme that , although Jo Cox’s murderer, Thomas Mair, shouted “Britain First” as he committed the crime, there was “no evidence” that he was connected with the organisation.
Oh really? I’ll hand you over to Devutopia on Twitter:
The guy in the cap at a Britain First demo is Thomas Mair, the man who killed Jo Cox. Nick Robinson has just said on #R4today that although Mair shouted Britain First as he killed Jo there’s “no evidence he was part of Britain First”. Robinson is a fake journalist, he needs to go pic.twitter.com/NJBVgWmB9w
Theresa May passed her comments at the Jordan Museum in Amman, Jordan. She was standing up, but may as well have been lying on the floor begging for Donald Trump to walk all over her [Image: Joe Giddens/PA].
Did you ever think you’d see the day a UK Prime Minister would admit the American President can insult us to his heart’s content, and we’ll still support him blindly?
That is what Theresa May did in her press conference today. It was sickening.
Asked what she thinks about President Trump spreading hate speech on Twitter, and what she would do about it, Mrs May spoke at length about Britain First – despite not having been asked for her opinion of that organisation. We know it is “hateful”.
Eventually she came to the point, saying she works together with the US, she is not afraid to say when they have got something wrong, and retweeting Britain First was wrong.
Brilliant! So what was she going to do about it? Nothing.
Asked if it is acceptable that Trump tweeted that Mrs May should stay out of his business, she evaded, saying she wants the UK-US relationship to continue because it is “good for the world”.
It’s not proving very good for the UK, though, is it?
She admitted that Trump’s state visit would still go ahead; the invitation has been extended and accepted.
There was more evasion when she was asked if she would sack a minister who retweeted a far-right group’s propaganda – she said she had “absolute confidence ” that none of her ministers would do that. Even Boris Johnson?
She wouldn’t say how she felt when she saw Trump’s retweets. She said: “Just to be clear, I’m not a prolific tweeter myself, as you may have seen, and that means I don’t spend all my time looking at other people’s tweets. But when I feel that there should be a response, I give it. And I have given it to President Trump’s tweets.”
Has she even seen the offending messages? Her responses suggest not.
And what she did say was so diffident, she might as well have lain supine on the floor and begged Mr Trump to come and walk all over her.
Look at her comments about the UK’s relationship with the United States:
“It’s an enduring relationship that is there because it is in both our national interests for that relationship to be there. And as prime minister I’m clear that-that-that relationship with the United States to continue. I think it is in the interests, both of the United Kingdom and of the United States and of the wider world.”
Trump can be as racist as he likes. He can spout know-nothing nonsense about UK affairs all he likes.
The UK government will do nothing about it because our prime minister is so weak, she might as well be his kitten.
A kitten that has been thoroughly de-fanged and de-clawed, of course.
She is utterly unfit to govern the United Kingdom and should be packed off to the states to be Trump’s serving-maid – if he can be bothered with her.
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“Just a reminder of the liklihood of a robust response from our Foreign Secretary to the incontinent tantrum of the President of the United States,” according to cartoonist Martin Rowson.
Weakling UK prime minister Theresa May has still not responded to US President Donald Trump’s decision to retweet hate messages by far-right organisation Britain First.
So Mr Trump has attacked comments by a Downing Street spokesperson who said simply that it was “wrong” to have retweeted the misleading, extremist messages.
The message from Downing Street was: “British people overwhelmingly reject the prejudiced rhetoric of the far right which is the antithesis of the values that this country represents – decency, tolerance and respect.”
Here’s Mr Trump’s response:
.@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!
This is a clear endorsement of the hate message put forward in the Britain First tweets.
Mr Trump is urging Mrs May to consider all Muslims in the UK to be potential terrorists and to launch a racist policy against them.
This is utterly unacceptable from a foreign leader. He is trying to divide members of the UK community from the rest of us and accusing them of conspiring against the majority in a way that simply isn’t true, except in a tiny minority of cases. He knows next to nothing about the situation – clearly, as he is getting his information from far-right propaganda-peddlers.
And he is trying hard to make it worse. One has to question his motives, attempting to destabilise the UK at a time when this country’s domestic political situation is already highly-charged.
But still Theresa May remains silent, leaving it to her Downing Street spokespeople – and the public – to comment.
You have a mass shooting every single day in your country, your murder rate is many times that of the UK, your healthcare system is a disgrace, you can’t pass anything through a congress that you control. I would focus on that. https://t.co/SNcqOZGvLQ
Dear Republican and Tory Supporters, Your President and Prime Minister are having a public spat on Twitter. Can we get rid of them both and put the adults back in charge please? Just stop voting for them, OK? Regards, The Adults https://t.co/9TXe83KV5C
Theresa May: your failure to denounce Donald Trump's inflammatory tweets about the UK is pure cowardice. If you can't defend this nation, step aside, call an election and let someone else have a chance.
Note that the tweet above is also a retweet – originally Mr Trump sent the message to the wrong Theresa May (from which we may draw our own conclusions about his state of mind):
Mrs May’s deputies, in Parliament, have done their best to cover for her, with Home Secretary Amber Rudd trying to answer an Urgent Question in the Commons – answering the kind of criticism no US president has ever received from Parliament in the past:
🇬🇧Donald Trump is facing unprecedented criticism in the Commons chamber today. MPs calling him “fascist”, “stupid”, spreading “evil” and “racist or incompetent or ignorant or all three” – remarks of a vehemence never heard before about a US president in the UK Parliament 🇬🇧
Ms Rudd said the Government will not tolerate any groups that spread hate by demonising other faiths or ethnicities – but refused to condemn the US President, saying the UK-US relationship is “vital” and MPs needed to focus on the “bigger picture”.
She would not accept calls to cancel the invitation for Mr Trump to make a state visit to the UK.
But – shockingly – she could not answer a simple question: Whether the UK government had asked for Mr Trump to take the offending tweets down.
Hang on a minute @LizMcInnes_MP asked @AmberRuddHR if anyone in the government has asked #Trump to take down a tweet inciting racial hatred in the UK and she didn't know? pic.twitter.com/R3CvMcYgCA
As part of the debate, Labour MP Khalid Mahmood made a very useful point, asking the Home Secretary if a Muslim would still be welcome in Britain if they had shared similarly inflammatory material to that posted by the US President.
Depressingly, Mr Trump’s retweets have revived the fortunes of Britain First, the far-right group that originally posted the messages. Deputy leader Jayda Fransen has been interviewed on both the BBC and Channel 4, providing a huge and harmful public platform for the minority organisation’s extremist views.
Just as Britain First looks to be fading into obscurity @realDonaldTrump brings them back to life. And then some.
Meanwhile the condemnation continues to rack up. Here’s London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who was criticised by Mr Trump over his response to terror attacks in the UK’s capital city:
President Trump has used Twitter to promote a vile, extremist group that exists solely to sow division and hatred in our country. It's increasingly clear that any official visit from President Trump to Britain would not be welcomed. https://t.co/rwJJ5saSAbpic.twitter.com/bus3kMWIfk
Theresa May has been desperate to build a close relationship with US President Donald Trump. His decision to show support for a UK-based hate group has put her in an extremely difficult position. She doesn’t want to comment – so we must demand it.
Donald Trump’s retweeting of hate messages by the far-right organisation Britain First has triggered a strong response from all sides of the UK’s political spectrum. But minority prime minister Theresa May has yet to offer any comment. Why?
Mr Trump retweeted messages by Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen, including one that purportedly showed violence by a Muslim – but actually didn’t. Ms Fransen then appeared to admit that her tweets were hate messages:
It should be remembered that murderer Thomas Mair named Britain First when he killed Jo Cox.
Her husband Brendan made his feelings about Mr Trump’s actions clear:
Trump has legitimised the far right in his own country, now he’s trying to do it in ours. Spreading hatred has consequences & the President should be ashamed of himself.
#donaldtrump reading your tweets or the words that dribble out of the side of your mouth like a drunk's vomit sickens me as much as when as a teen I'd hear Hitler speak on the newsreels in 1930s Britain. https://t.co/aIbGoFTRHb
Tory Nadhim Zahawi has written to Mr Trump, expressing his own outrage, as follows:
He wrote: “The videos you have chosen to distribute to your 43.6 million Twitter followers seek to conflate all Muslims into one skewed and twisted stereotype in the hope of inciting religious hatred toward the Islamic community. Whether the videos are valid or not, the individuals within them do not represent the overwhelming majority of those who adhere to the many forms of the Islamic faith.”
He continued: “I fear that your actions today have put in jeopardy some of the hard work done by our state bodies, making it easier for terrorist groups to portray our countries as their enemies and stoking the flames of radicalisation further.”
And he wrote: “I… urge you to delete the retweets and do all you can in future to resist courses of action that play into the hands of those who seek to destroy us and our way of life.”
Some of our politicians have been less forthcoming with their vilification.
Here’s our pitiful excuse for a Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson. His tweet is followed by one from the Artist Taxi Driver, Mark McGowan, offering a possible reason for Mr Johnson’s reluctance to condemn Mr Trump:
The Twitter account of Donald Trump [Image: Bloomberg/Getty Images].
Does the UK’s minority Tory government really want to let this man into the country – US president or not?
Britain First has already started retweeting Donald Trump’s tweets, using them as evidence that he supports their hate-filled propaganda.
What do you think?
Donald Trump has retweeted three anti-Muslim videos posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the far-right group Britain First who has been convicted of religiously aggravated harassment.
Trump, who has 43.5 million followers on the network, retweeted three separate tweets by Fransen, which all included separate, unverified anti-Islamic videos.
One purported to show a group of Muslims pushing a boy off a roof. Another claimed to show a Muslim destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary and another showed immigrants hitting a Dutch boy on crutches.
The videos were retweeted without comment. Trump then turned to the more familiar territory of complaining about what he said was fake news on CNN.
Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen of Britain First have been charged with religiously aggravated harassment [Image: PA].
The Labour Party is to put a motion before its National Conference for stronger action against abusive behaviour within the party.
This Writer – and bear in mind I’m still accused of anti-Semitism by certain malicious malcontents – has read the motion and it seems reasonable. In fact, it might help put a stop to the frivolous accusation of innocent people like myself.
The problem, it seems to me as a victim of such accusations, is that – particularly with regard to accusations of anti-Semitism, they were used to try to shut down legitimate criticism of Israel, and to curtail reasoned investigations into accusations of anti-Semitism against other people. I was accused because I found no evidence to suggest Ken Livingstone was being anti-Semitic when he passed his comments in defence of Naz Shah last year. He made a legitimate reference to history, that was relevant to what she had stated, but his detractors hastily drew attention away from those facts.
Contrast that with the current court case against two leaders of Britain First.
It relates to alleged religiously aggravated harassment in leaflets and online videos. It seems to This Writer that the court will see concrete evidence that will either be clearly abusive against other people’s religion – or not. That is a far cry from the carryings-on in Labour, where, it seems to me, the anti-Semitism accusations come with tortuous arguments that desperately try to make mountains out of nothing.
Don’t get me wrong – two wrongs don’t make a right and it is perfectly possible for some people in the Labour Party to be guilty of anti-Semitism.
But the contrast is useful as it highlights the difference between what may be genuine concerns and what may be politically-motivated fabrications.
Two leading members of far-right group Britain First have been charged with religiously aggravated harassment.
Kent police say the charges relate to leaflets given out in Thanet and Canterbury and online videos posted during a trial at Canterbury crown court.
The trial involved three Muslim men and a teenager who were convicted and jailed for rape.
Leader Paul Golding, 35, has been charged with three counts of harassment and deputy leader Jayda Fransen, 31, has been charged with four.
Both were bailed to appear before Medway magistrates court on October 17.
UKIP Wales have been rocked this week by the resignation of their deputy chairman James Cole, according to Exposing UKIP.
To make matters worse, Cole posted a scathing attack of the party as his Facebook status, claiming that UKIP in Wales are ‘no longer a party of democracy’. Here is his post in full:
Exposing UKIP goes on to highlight some of the possible “manipulation of power and core principles” in which Mr Coles took part, including his selection and deselection as UKIP’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Llanelli: “Firstly, he was controversially declared (by UKIP Llanelli chairman Barry Clark) as PPC despite not achieving a two-thirds majority in a members’ vote. Non-committee members were not given the chance to verify the count. After a complaint made from within UKIP Llanelli to UKIP’s head office, party chairman Steve Crowther ruled the vote invalid. Cole was deselected. To add to the events, during UKIP Llanelli’s next meeting in November, a journalist was ejected and UKIP were accused of curbing press freedom.”
Mr Cole’s claim to be against racism appears to be countered by a glance at his Facebook ‘likes’, including Britain First and the “hate-filled” page ‘We demand an immediate end to immigration’, the admin of which admits being a ‘passionate’ ex-BNP supporter.
Readers will be aware that Vox Political is based in Mid Wales, where UKIP has an active membership. What hope is there that any of those people will be any different, if this is the state of Welsh UKIP’s (former) deputy leader?
‘Pound-shop fascists’ Britain First have been raising funds for their hate-filled, xenophobic cause by selling overpriced Remembrance memorabilia – imported from China.
The Daily Telegraphhas reported Britain First’s marketing strategy, which uses that symbol of Remembrance, the poppy.
So poppy-themed merchandise has proliferated over Britain First’s merchandising wing, Lionheart GB, with remembrance pin badges selling for around £5 a time, as you can see from this image:
[Image: Daily Telegraph.]
But these products are being bought from foreign (Chinese, in the example you’ll see) manufacturers at a tiny fraction of the selling price. Profit on the ‘White Cross Poppy Lapel badge’, for example, is around £4.80. Here’s the proof:
It must be particularly galling for Britain First’s supporters to find out that a group spreading hatred against the foreigners is cynically using foreign-made goods to fleece its own supporters of their hard-earned cash.
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