Posters have appeared in London that appear to mock Mayor Sadiq Khan over his approach towards terrorism in the city.
In particular, they make reference to his comment that terror attacks are ‘part and parcel’ of living in a big city – a quote that has infuriated more and more people during 2017 in light of the number of terror incidents that have been experienced in the Capital.
While Mr Khan couldn’t have been expected to be able to predict the future when the comments were originally made, it cannot be denied that the quote has taken on more and more significance over the last twelve months.
The posters were put up poignantly on Westminster Bridge by a representative of Generation Identity United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, and the images were accompanied by the following remarks on Facebook:
Happening now: Activists from Generation Identity are gently reminding the people of London of the side effects from our politician’s migration policies.
There are some parcels that we don’t want for Christmas, and they include the anti vehicle barriers which scar our cities and are a constant reminder of the real threat to our families and friends.
#GenerationIdentity is a Pan-European Identitarian movement sweeping Europe that originated in France.
We aim to preserve the ethnocultural identity of Europe through activism, political education, and community & cultural activities.
1. Stop the Islamisation of Europe.
3. Stop and reverse the Great Replacement of our people.
While there is clearly nothing illegal about what they are doing in this instance (although we give it ten minutes before the first police complaint is received), there is a strong possibility that the public will look negatively upon the group as a whole as they immediately state that they are trying to ‘stop the Islamisation of Europe’ at the same time as denouncing terror.
Past experiences have demonstrated that public support for this type of cause suffers as soon as you bundle Islam into the equation as a whole.
We’re not saying that they are right or wrong here, as many people will argue that the two go hand in hand – we are simply saying that the British public is already pre-programmed to denounce anyone who makes this link.
When you also consider that Mayor Khan is a Muslim himself, there will be many who look upon these posters as an act of hatred, while the reality is that they are making a legitimate political point about comments that he has made in the past.
Shortly after Donald Trump retweeted content from Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen, commentator Paul Joseph Watson made the valid point that groups like Britain First are only increasing in popularity because ‘the establishment’ has pretty much silenced everybody else.
In this instance, if steps are taken to ‘silence’ Generation Identity, will this just push people back into the arms of other groups such as Britain First?
By immediately drawing Islam into the situation in a general manner, GI have pretty much ensured that these posters will attract a negative reception. However, the situation has now reached the point where simply dismissing their message outright is no longer an option if the ‘powers that be’ want to avoid pushing their supporters towards a movement that is far more extreme than theirs.
What’s the solution to this ‘mess’ that the government has created?