James Goddard, the self-styled British Yellow Vest who caused outcry when he branded Remainer MP Anna Soubry a “Nazi”, has been arrested.
Goddard, whose actions were described as “a type of fascism” by the Speaker of the House of Commons, had challenged the MP for the Leave-supporting constituency of Broxtowe near the Palace of Westminster with a group of supporters, asking why she was working to stop Brexit despite claiming to support its delivery ahead of the 2017 snap election, and branding her a “Nazi”.
Video footage of the arrest now appears to show Goddard being put in the back of a police van by an extremely large number of police officers.
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, for example, remarked on the apparent contrast between the swift retribution when people targeted an EU loyalist politician with the many years where Brexit campaigners like himself were branded Nazis and “racist scum” without punishment or any particular sympathy from the mainstream media.
“MPs, public figures, should be free to go about and express their opinion without the threat of violence — but if we try now to put in place laws, or if the police start prosecuting people, for throwing terms of abuse, that reaction, I think, would be over the top,” he warned.
UPDATE: James Goddard arrested outside St James’s Park tube station for an alleged public order offence outside Parliament last week. pic.twitter.com/aV4wEV4ozR
— Kay Burley (@KayBurley) January 12, 2019
WATCH | @Nigel_Farage: "I've suffered this every day, year after year. My family was attacked, the car was smashed up, written off and the police didn't pursue a single prosecution. Those within the Establishment get a taste of it and suddenly they want the law changed!" pic.twitter.com/YnNthhWU6U
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