Worth making sure that this story is properly understood. A couple of nonecks called their baby Adolf, a couple of nonecks are heading off to jail. But they’re not going to jail because they called the baby Adolf, that’s not how Britain works. Some other countries do, they have lists of approved names and you’re not allowed to register anything off that list – presumably, eventually, flouting that leading to jail time.
But as we say, that’s not here:
A neo-Nazi couple who gave their baby the middle name “Adolf” in Hitler’s honour have been jailed. Adam Thomas, 22, and Claudia Patatas, 38, were among six people sentenced for being members of the banned terrorist group National Action. Thomas was jailed for six-and-a-half years and Patatas for five, after being convicted of membership of a proscribed organisation.
If you just read the first line – as many do – then you’d think the jail is because Adolf. It ain’t.
Which is of course a great comfort for those who name their children Joseph or Vladimir after those other two great murderers of the 20th century.