This week, Labour MPs have been offering enthusiastic support for the Home Office’s banning order against a small youth group, on the so-called ‘far-right’, called National Action.
The group is to be proscribed under the Terrorism Act 2000, despite not engaging in terrorism, but merely making unpleasant, stupid and provocative statements after the murder of a Labour MP, Jo Cox, earlier this year.
It means joining or supporting the group will become a criminal offence, punishable by a jail sentence of up to ten years, after the decision by the Tory home secretary, Amber Rudd, to ban the group.
The British National Socialist group, which has about fifty members, has recently attended demonstrations and protests across the country, some of which have been attacked by left-wing opponents.
Also this week, it has been reported that the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is to employ a member of Sinn Fein, the left-wing Irish nationalist party, which acted as the IRA’s political wing, and bolstered the terrorist activities of the Irish nationalist group, which was intent on killing numerous British MPs, among others, over the years.
Jayne Fisher, who describes herself as a “London-based socialist”, was head of Sinn Fein’s office in London, and was pictured with Jeremy Corbyn, when he met Sinn Fein leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuiness, both prominent political figures in Ireland, last year at Westminster.
The ironic thing is her party does not recognise the authority of the House of Commons, despite having four MPs elected in Ulster, and yet the Labour leader is happy for her to work for them, despite their terrorist antecedents.
How can one nationalist group be banned, despite not engaging in terrorism, while another that supported it previously, gets warmly welcomed into the heart of Britain’s liberal democracy?