Yesterday, on what was originally Brexit Day, Metropolitan Police allowed a concoction of far-right bigots to wander around the environs of the Palace of Westminster, Whitehall and Downing Street and to display their extremism blatantly.
All the scum were in the same place at the same time. The dregs included a grifter with a string of criminal convictions – Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, his occasional boss and anti-Islam lobbyist Gerard Batten, aggressive gangs of violent racist gammon, members of Generation Identity (linked to Christchurch mass murderer) with fascist insignia, some idiots with confederate flags and, most sickening of all, a sectarian Unionist marching band with sectarian flags and uniforms.
Police claimed that they wanted to allow free speech and free assembly but their record toward left-wing protests and pickets differs. It is not legal for an Orange marching band to march without permission. The use of militia-style uniforms and sectarian flags and insignia by a marching band is illegal. No intervention was made by the police to stop it. It is not clear whether the police inaction was due to complicity or cowardice.
The mob was roused by professional rabble-rousers, including Yaxley-Lennon, who had the use of sound systems and large screens to convey their hate; consequently, violence was used near to Downing Street.
Support, encouragement and plaudits from political activists and politicians emboldened the mob’s members. Relaxed policing, until they got too close to Downing Street, legitimised their right to behave as they saw fit. The behaviour included physical assaults on journalists and anyone they viewed as an opponent.
In the months leading up to the original Brexit day, anger, hatred and violence had been encouraged by activists and politicians. As well as Batten and Yaxley-Lennon, MEP Nigel Farage and convicted criminal Darren Grimes had elucidated their predictions of unrest if Brexit was delayed or cancelled. Effectively, the mob had been instructed what to do. Yesterday afternoon, Bruges Group supporter and Tory MP Mark Francois, a keen fan of no-deal Brexit, took a TV crew with him to film him shaking hands with some elements of the mob.
There is a direct causal link between calls to arms from visible politicians with media platforms and the mob in the street executing violence and displaying extremism. Francois, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Farage, Boris Johnson, etc. know what they are doing and what will ensue. The privately educated financially detached conservatives (not necessarily all Tory) are delighted if knuckle draggers enact the tactics that they call for.