One year on from London Bridge and there are still 23,000 known Jihadi extremists on our streets.
This week marks 12 months since the London Bridge terror attack, a combined vehicle and knife attack that saw five innocent people killed and 48 others injured, many of them seriously.
Thankfully, the police were able to intercept the Islamist extremists responsible for the attack and all three were shot dead. It was later discovered that the terrorists had a number of explosive devices in the van they had used and which were clearly intended for use as part of a planned, sustained attack.
One year on and, by the Home Office’s own admission, there are still 23,000 Jihadi lunatics and their supporters at large on our streets. Many of these people are either foreign or dual nationals who could’ve been rounded up and deported.
Sadly, that is not part of our government’s strategy and Britain’s front door remains wide open to more of them.
Earlier this week, Theresa May’s recently appointed Home Secretary, Sajid Javid told a Police Federation conference that the “UK faces two years of severe terrorism threat”
We actually face an indefinite period of severe threat from Islamist terrorism, because neither this government or any other formed by any of the Westminster legacy parties will do what is necessary to put an end to it.
The first step in dealing with any problem is always identifying the problem and, even if it is an uncomfortable truth, acknowledging exactly what it is. In his speech to the Police Federation, Javid did not mention Islamist extremism; by far and away the most prolific force behind terrorism right across Europe, once. There is the root of the problem we face in tackling terrorism.
However, Javid did say “we assess that the threat from extreme rightwing terrorism is growing”.
This is a deflective tactic designed to draw the focus of attention away from the real threat. The one the establishment dare not mention for fear of causing offence. Within the context of UK law, the meaning of “terrorism” is set out in the ‘Terrorism Act 2000 (Section 1).’ There are no right wing groups in the UK who are doing anything that falls within that meaning.*
We’ve been here before. What Javid actually means is: ”In order to divert attention from the rising public awareness of the severe threat posed by Islamist extremism; we will invent yet another threat that does not actually exist, use that as an excuse to silence people with inconvenient political views and then we’ll put them in prison”.
This is the same situation we found ourselves in with the “grooming gang” scandals; political correctness preventing the authorities from acting. It is literally killing us.
* Whilst there are no “far right” groups engaged in terrorist activities in the UK, there is an extreme left wing group; Antifa, which often and openly engages in activities that would fall under the definition of terrorism. In fact, the United States Government has designated Antifa as a ‘domestic terrorist organisation.’
I have written to the Prime Minister, Home Secretary and Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police asking why no action has been taken against the UK Branches of this organisation and why it has not been proscribed. Sadly, I have received nothing but mealy-mouthed platitudes in response. It is noteworthy that Antifa and other left-wing extremist groups were not mention by Javid in his speech to the Police Federation. You could be forgiven for thinking that Antifa, who have violently attacked Brexit campaigners and protests against Islamist terrorism and grooming gangs, are being ignored because their antics suit the government’s own political objectives.
Virtue signalling will not keep us safe.
By Keith Lonsdale
UKIP Northern Ireland