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25 November 2016

Jo Cox Murder Reminds Us That Terrorism Comes In Many Forms

A court drawing of Thomas Mair. PA/Elizabeth Cook
By David Lowe, Liverpool John Moores University

The conviction of Thomas Mair for the murder of the British MP Jo Cox serves as a reminder that terrorism comes in many guises. Mair was tried for murder, rather than terrorism, but the judge in his case made it clear when delivering a whole life sentence that he considered this to be a terrorist murder.

The activities of Islamist groups such as Islamic State and Al Qaeda over the past 15 years have shaped the way we view terrorism. Particularly since the most recent attacks in Paris, Brussels and Nice by Islamic State, many of us tend to more readily associate terrorism with some causes over others. We have come to forget that far-right groups commit acts of terrorism too.

But as Mair’s trial revealed, his political motives were apparent. He owned extreme far-right material and Nazi memorabilia and had visited far-right websites. As he attacked Cox, he shouted “Britain first, this is for Britain”, “Britain will always come first” and Make Britain independent. Cox had been campaigning for the UK to remain in the European Union after the June referendum – a view the far right has always opposed.

This is not an isolated incident inspired by the extreme far right. In June 2015, Zack Davies was convicted of the attempted murder of a Sikh, Sarandev Bhambra. In an unprovoked attack at a supermarket, Davies attempted to decapitate Bhambra. During the attack, Davies shouted racist remarks and had with him a National Action flag.

Formed in 2013, National Action is a Nazi-inspired group that targets mainly disenchanted young people. Its website’s rallying cry is “Death to traitors, freedom for Britain”. The organisation glorifies national socialism, Hitler and the Holocaust. The group regularly holds impromptu public meetings around the UK, many of which result in violence, as was seen in February 2016 in Liverpool.

Flowers are laid at a memorial to Jo Cox. PA/Yui Mok

Because of what Mair said when he attacked Cox, the activities of the far-right group Britain First have also come under the spotlight. Although its leader, Paul Golding, was quick to distance the group from Mair’s comments, the group has acquired a para-military image because of the training camps it runs for members and its pledge to take direct action against Islam.

The influence these groups have on people like Mair cannot be overestimated. They are racist, anti-semitic, homophobic and intolerant. Whether they acknowledge it or not, they inspire people to kill and inflict violence on those they see as a threat. It’s also clear from social media that these groups inspire hate crimes. Right-wing trolling has become a startlingly common problem. A particularly striking example is the case of John Nimmo, who sent anti-semitic death threats to Luciana Berger, another Labour MP.

One of his tweets read: “watch your back Jewish scum, regards your friend the Nazi”. The tweet that caused Berger to fear for her own safety was one sent three weeks after Cox’s murder saying she would “get it like Jo Cox”.

Nimmo was convicted of sending malicious communications. And due to the anti-semitic nature of the correspondence, his was classified as a hate crime.

The scale of the problem
The impact of extreme, far-right crime should not be ignored. Figures on cases brought to the attention of the British government’s anti-terrorism programme Prevent suggest that in some regions of the UK, there can be a 50:50 split between people inspired by Islamism and those inspired by the extreme far right.

This might make you wonder why far-right groups are not banned like Islamic State or the various factions of the Irish Republican Army, thereby making them terrorist groups. There is an advantage to not doing this though, as it makes it easier for state agencies to monitor extreme far right groups’ activities and prevents the need for them to go underground.
The British far right has never been a cohesive, united group, which has prevented it from becoming an unmanageable problem. The various organisations involved in extreme right-wing activity have tended to have a fractious relationship, as was seen recently with the decline of the British National Party and the English Defence League.

But that decline has led to the emergence of new hardline groups with more dedicated followers. They may not have terrorist cells like the Provisional IRA during the Irish Troubles, but the far right reminds me of the Ulster Volunteer Force, which tended to carry out assassinations of Roman Catholics. Be it through direct violence on the streets or inspiring hate crime or, as seen with Mair, political assassinations, the danger these groups pose is very real.

The Conversation
About Today's Contributor:
David Lowe, Principal Lecturer in Law, Liverpool John Moores University

This article was originally published on The Conversation

22 April 2015

Bonehill Vs Anon - The Story So Far... [Statement From Anonymous Devon Included!]

Perhaps, Joshua Bonehill thought that he hadn't made enough enemies already when he decided to engage the Anonymous Devon account on Twitter?
Unfortunately for the moronic troll, an attack against one Anon account usually means an attack against the whole Anonymous movement, so it didn't take long before other Anon accounts joined in and tweeted back at the pint sized fuhrer and his alts...

13 April 2015

Joshua Bonehill - Moronic Nazi Troll At It Again With Diane Abbott Poster Hoax!

The Bonehill Zone - The Imaginary Diane Abbott Poster

In 'Episode 2',  We saw that, a few weeks ago, convicted serial liar Joshua Bonehill tweeted the picture of an alleged poster from the Labour Party for the coming General Elections... A poster that nobody seemed to have seen (apart, from himself and some of his alts) even so it had, according to him, popped up all over the UK... A poster that, of course, didn't actually exist and was just another one of his hoaxes.
The Bonehill Zone - Episode 2: The Imaginary Labour Poster
Click on picture for full story...
Well, guess what? The pint sized Nazi is now doing it again with a new one (featuring Labour MP, Diane Abbott, this time...), that he claims has been put up in Hackney... 

But, of course, like for the previous 'poster', nobody has been able to to give the exact location of that one either.

24 March 2015

Joshua Bonehill - Moronic Troll Back To His Old Tricks With Labour Party Poster Hoax!

British wannabe fuhrer, Joshua Bonehill, has been quite busy lately, sitting in  front of his computer in his lonely bunker flat and using (or should I say abusing?) Twitter for his own personal and political gains by sharing with us news and events that have only happened in the fantasist world that he has created in his deluded mind.

One of his latest stunts was tweeting the picture of an alleged poster from the Labour Party for the coming General Elections... A poster that nobody seems to have seen (apart, of course, from himsef and some of his imaginary supporters) even so it has popped up in various locations (Rotherham, London and Leicester)... apparently. 

I say apparently because it looks like the one supposed to be in Rotherham shows the local Labour candidate from a totally different area posing in front of it, and the one alleged to be in Leicester seems to have a London street sign next to it (from Camden Town, to be precise...)

And, of course, no pictures of the ones supposed to be in London have been posted.
"A world where an imaginary poster is sighted by imaginary people in locations that don't look like they're supposed to be? OMG, that can only mean one thing!
Yes, that means that you have entered "The Bonehill Zone"...

24 February 2015

That Night When Moronic Antisemite Joshua Bonehill Had A Public Meltdown On Twitter...

Perhaps, the pressure of leading his brand new, but already failing, movement (losing support from his fellow neo-nazis by the minute) was too much after all for the infamous fascist, antisemite, racist and convicted serial liar, Joshua Bonehill? 
American White Supremacists Turn On Joshua Bonehill

Or, maybe, he had a Dickensian-like experience (being visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future making him realise how badly he f*cked his life up and that, because of his own misguided actions, he will be a loser for the rest of it...) that completely freaked the self-proclaimed Far Right "Leader" out?  

Who knows... 

What we do know, though, is that, on the night of the 23rd of February, some of his and one of his (alleged) alts' tweets suddenly became even more weird than usual and quickly developed into what could only be described as Twitter's own version of a Twilight Zone episode

Joshua Bonehill in "The Bonehill Zone" - Poster
(Image courtesy of Virgil Caine)
We had entered the Bonehill Zone...

6 May 2014

Joshua Bonehill's Hunger Strike: Another Porky From The Self-Proclaimed New Messiah? [Updated]

Joshua Bonehill's Hunger Strike: Another Porky From The Self-Proclaimed New Messiah?

When it comes to Joshua Bonehill's claims on the net, it's generally rather difficult to believe that they have actually any truth in them... I mean, he is not exactly known for his truthfulness, is he?

So, when I saw his recent post announcing that he was starting a 40 days and 40 nights hunger strike today, I couldn't but be slightly sceptical about the whole affair...

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