First “terrorist” banning in UK of “far right” group
For the first time since the Second World War, a mainland British organisation is to be banned.
National Action was proscribed in December 2016 under the Terrorism Act (2000) which gives the Home Secretary power to issue such orders: infringement carries a penalty of up to ten years imprisonment and an unlimited fine.
Click here to read the order submitted to Parliament. The ban took effect on Friday 16th December.
The vast majority of groups banned under the Terrorism Act are based elsewhere in the world: in fact the original purpose of the legislation was to criminalise UK fundraising and propaganda even when the groups in question have never threatened UK citizens or interests.
Apart from National Action, banned groups include fourteen Ulster-based paramilitary organisations (seven from each side of the province’s sectarian divide). Most of the remainder are Islamist groups, almost all of them based abroad, but there are also secular anti-Zionists such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC), and militant Sikh, Basque and Tamil groups.
H&D readers will have different views on political strategy and tactics. However it is clear to all at the end of 2016 that the tyranny of our politically correct masters is intensifying.
Theresa May’s government is adopting a new definition of “anti-semitism” which effectively criminalises anti-Zionism; meanwhile the banning of National Action coincided with prosecution of Cambridge NA activist Lawrence Burns and a private prosecution of anti-Zionist singer Alison Chabloz.
H&D will report on the implications of these legal developments in the New Year.