British neo-Nazi terror plot shows how the far-right are mirroring jihadists
Two years ago, a fringe neo-Nazi group called National Action became the first far-right organization be banned in Britain since World War II. But that didn’t make the group go away — it only drove its members underground.
On Wednesday, two men were convicted for membership in the group after a former associate sensationally turned against them, alerting the public to a far-right plot to murder an MP. A third man, who admitted to the court that he planned to kill the politician, is facing a retrial on the charge of belonging to the group.
The case came about after one of the group’s members, 25-year-old Robbie Mullen, became disenchanted with National Action, describing it as a “cult” he couldn’t escape. Last July, he fed information about a plan to murder the Labour MP Rosie Cooper with a machete to the British anti-racist group Hope not Hate, who in turn passed it to police.
The plot had strong echoes of the murder of British Labour MP Jo Cox, who was murdered by a far-right extremist in 2015. (National Action was banned after its members expressed support for her killing.)
Now the police investigation into the murder plot has led to the jailing of three far-right extremists.