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Back in June 2016, during the final stage of the UK Referendum on whether or not the UK should leave the EU, Labour MP Jo Cox was brutally murdered. This savage murder was roundly and rightly condemned by all politicians and the media joined in the revulsion. The consensus was that there can be no place for violence in political discourse and that anyone, or any group, that engages in such must be castigated and subject to the strongest legal sanction.
Fast forward to 2019 and the EU Elections. Suddenly, assault on politicians is back in fashion. And it seems to have won over media and political approval.
UKIP candidate Carl Benjamin has been subject to several assaults on his person by people throwing Milkshakes over him.
SDP candidate Patrick O’Flynn and his colleague Mary Herdman had a milkshake thrown over their table at their stall in Peterborough.
Remarkably, the fast-food chain Burger King gave every impression of encouraging such deplorable behaviour when it tweeted the following;
This coincided with Brexit Party Leader Nigel Farage making a campaign visit to Edinburgh.
Nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more?
Whilst Mr Farage escaped unscathed the same cannot be said of one of his supporters that found themselves on the receiving end of this activity.
— Connor Gillies (@ConnorGillies) May 17, 2019
Social media has been deployed by certain individuals to seemingly encourage this loutish behaviour.
Nigel Farage will be in Edinburgh tomorrow night at the Corn Exchange. On an unrelated note, there’s a McDonald’s really close by. pic.twitter.com/KlMA3GGc1l
— Stephen Paton 🌿 (@stephenpaton134) May 16, 2019
Given the many acid attacks that now disfigure places like London, having a liquid thrown in your face does constitute a threat of violence and by any definition, it is an assault on a person.
However, the scale of violence ratcheted up when MEP Independent hopeful Tommy Robinson came to Oldham. The “Muslim Defence League” escalated the level of violence seen as can be seen in this video;
Are the Police investigating this allegedly armed Muslim gang assaulting a prospective MEP? Were this to happen to any candidate the establishment media and political class there would be ablaze with howls of outrage! pic.twitter.com/XOWTWgEE69
— David Vance (@DVATW) May 19, 2019
Several videos have appeared showing the Police escorting the Muslims Defence League thugs to a position close to Mr Robinson was speaking. They promptly launched an attack on Robinson and his associates. They also attacked the Police!
With this level of escalating violence, we must hope that milkshakes do not turn into bricks and then into something even worse.
These attacks on aspirant politicians have been largely met with media silence. Some politicians, such as Conservative MP Johnny Mercer, initially tweeted his amusement at the liquid assaults. He subsequently deleted this when called out on his poor judgement.
Back in January, then Conservative MP Anna Soubry was verbally challenged outside Westminster by protestors unhappy about her rejection of the Brexit vote. Police immediately intervened and one of those asking her awkward questions, James Goddard, was arrested. He has his social media page closed down. His sole ‘crime’ was using words that Soubry found offensive. He was universally condemned by the political and media class.
The rise of the use of violence against those seeking political office is very concerning. It is overwhelmingly being driven by those on the Left, though the “Muslim Defence League” introduce a further dimension of radicalisation. The sickening hypocrisy of the mainstream media over this rise in violence exposes a further question.
Is violence now OK depending on who is at the receiving end?
How can they virtue signal about the murder of Jo Cox yet remain silent about the horrible violence now being seen against Tommy Robinson?