WHEN a 15-year-old was spotted visiting a UKIP website and watching an English Defence League video on school premises, staff knew that it was their duty to consult the police on his activities and dialled 101.
It was clearly a quiet day for the Hampshire constabulary as they sent out officers to discuss the matter with both the boy and his father. Unsurprisingly both feel somewhat aggrieved at what happened and although no formal action followed, it does seem somewhat unreasonable to ask whether the boy is a ‘UKIP activist’.
According to the school, they were just following orders by asking for advice and according to the police, all parties acted correctly and in accordance with the recent counter terrorism act.
The BBC reported that UKIP’s deputy leader Paul Nuttall reacted angrily at the suggestion the party’s website was flagged in this way. “I don’t know how you can be extremists when you have 22 MEPs, a Member of Parliament, three lords and 500 councillors all over the country,” he said. “We’re certainly not extremists.”