A word that the Political Class likes to use in the same sentence as terrorism is extremism. However, whereas terrorism has a statutory definition, extremism currently has no statutory definition.
In 2015, the Government drafted a Counter-Extremism Bill that would have introduced banning orders for organisations it deemed to be extremist. This proposed legislation came to nothing because Lord Anderson QC, the independent former reviewer of terrorist legislation, described the Counter-Terrorism Bill as, (and I quote word for word),”the most troubling document I had seen in several years”.
This demonstrates that whereas the Political Establishment is largely united against us, there are independent minds and voices in the broader, non-political, Establishment. At the very least, some of these want to see themselves and the system as fair and not repressive. This is an important card that we can play.
Much more recently, the Think Tank for Tony Blair, The Institute for Global Change called for legislation to ban what they called hate groups (and I quote) “before they turn to violence”. In case you’re in any doubt, the term hate groups refers to all of us. It is interesting that they use the expression, “before they turn to violence”, as though that transition were logical, inevitable and predictable.
The number of people who have been members of one Nationalist organisation or another over the years will number tens of thousands. The number of people the Political Class would see as Far Right, who have committed serious acts of violence is tiny and hardly any have been members of political organisations. They have been sad, lonely, mental cases. In Britain, Darren Copeland, the notorious nail bomber in 1998 was undoubtedly the worst and was not a member of any organisation and had no fellow conspirators. Thomas Mair the murderer who killed Mrs. Cox MP lived in Batley, an area in which there are Nationalists of all stripes but Mair was completely unknown. He was not a member or contact of any British organisation. Darren Osborne who drove a car into people outside a mosque killing one and injuring several others was not a member of any organisation and had been inspired by a BBC docu-drama – Three Girls – about grooming.
Breivik, the Norwegian murderer who killed dozens of white Norwegian socialists had no connection with any organisation – certainly not in the UK.
Tarrant, the Australian who admitted the New Zealand atrocity, in which fifty-one people died, claimed not to have been a member of any organisation. Certainly no collaborators have been sought or found.
The Blair Institute concentrates on shared concern between some of the murderers and political organisations, such as about population replacement and White genocide as though the presence or absence of violence or murderous intent, were a mere unimportant detail.
During the troubles in Northern Ireland, there was a shared desire for a United Ireland between the Social Democratic and Labour Party on the one hand and the IRA on the other. However, the SDLP sought that objective by peaceful means whereas the IRA did so by murderous means. Nobody suggested that the SDLP shared the IRA’s murderous intent.