The Independent: Ban against National Action produced opposite effect
The Independent reports that a ban against National Action implemented in 2016 by the then Home Secretary Amber Rudd has produced exactly the opposite effect. There are more factions that follow the same path as National Action.
Dear Ben Wallace MP,
When the ban against National Action was implemented, Amber Rudd was very proud of her actions against National Action and there were celebrations. The mass media also talked about the trials taking place very publicly and all in all politicians and mass media thought that something major had been achieved. I never thought that such degree of political naivete was possible in a country like Britain that is supposed to have superior Security Services. Rosie Cooper’s feelings about being safe and the celebratory mood about having neutralized certain danger are not justified.
When I first heard the news that Amber Rudd, then Home Secretary, had issued the ban my first thought was ‘what a stupid thing to do’. If you drive danger underground, danger will not go away. Quite the opposite. You will not see it and it will continue to grow because the mentality of the people you are dealing with see such bans as an incentive and others are encouraged to join in because they see them as heroes, as role models, as fighters for the cause whatever their cause might be and no matter how misguided they might be.
This was John Tyndall a long time ago. Any similarities with what is happening right ago? The picture was taken ages ago when John Tyndall was a young guy. Certain ideas have been around for a very long time. They are not going to go away with political bans or social media bans. The danger is very real but you cannot deal with it by running certain individuals underground. You don’t deal with the problem by creating martyrs or celebrities and this is exactly what Amber Rudd and others have created.
Instead of tackling the problem effectively, politicians, mass media and para-political organizations are making the problem much worse as they go along.
It is self-evident that the methods used until now are not working and the situation could be a lot worse than you think. You are a decision maker. You can make things happen. Law Enforcement Officers, even those in charge of protecting Members of Parliament, are only trained to deal with ordinary criminals. They have no sense of political and historical perspective.
You are not dealing with ordinary criminals. You are dealing with people who have got a very particular state of mind, driven by Messiah-like attitudes based on the idea that ‘the end justifies the means’. Their appreciation of what is rational and of what isn’t is different from our sense of what is rational and of what isn’t rational.
We are made to believe that this was an isolated incident. This was no isolated incident. There is clear thinking behind it. There is an intention. It was done to test the mood within the Armed Forces and it sends a clear message. Because it was widely reported, it became a widespread subject of conversation. There will be those watching, testing reactions, getting to know where others stand, what others think about the subject. I am not surprised that serving members of the Armed Forces were found to be linked to National Action. I would be surprised if middle ranks were not aware of the existence of certain ideas within the Armed Forces.