Wednesday, 9 October 2013

E D L : What Now My Love, ... Now That It's Over

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Tommy Robinson sets the record straight on Daybreak

One can imagine the pressure Tommy Robinson has been under.
Posted by: Lars Hedegaard 9 October, 2013

Yesterday’s defection of Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll from the English Defence League will probably spell the end of the organization as an effective political force.

Though a number of EDL activists have vowed to continue their battle against Britain’s Islamization, it remains to be seen if new leaders can emerge from the rank and file to equal the charisma, courage and strategic vision of Robinson and Carroll.

Ever since the EDL started in 2009, the British government has done everything in its power to crush the organization – in de facto collaboration with so-called ”anti-fascists”, who have turned up to cause havoc and violence every time the EDL has tried to hold peaceful demonstrations. Street demonstrations have been the only avenue open to the EDL because it has never been able to rent a hall for orderly meetings apart from the odd pub.
The strategy of the ”anti-fascists” and the police has been clear from the start: To disrupt EDL demonstrations in the hope that the demonstrators would react with violence so that the entire movement might be portrayed as a bunch of neo-Nazi thugs.

Justifying his defection, Tommy Robinson explained that the movement had been taken over by neo-Nazis. Speaking at a press conference Tuesday night, Robinson said: “We had fought for four and a half years to keep racists out of the EDL. … When I returned [from a stint in prison, ed.] I saw flags and signs that did not represent me and I am not willing to be the public face for them.”
There can be no doubt that Robinson and Carroll have done their utmost to distance themselves and their movement from racism, Nazism and violence.

In October 2010 I had an opportunity to spend a few days with Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll and to travel with them to various EDL arrangements in London, Wolverhampton, Luton and Bolton. I was there on an assignment paid for by people in the United States who wanted an objective assessment of the EDL phenomenon. In particular, they wanted to know if there was any truth to the assertions in the British media and political class that the organization was nothing but a bunch of hate-filled and racist thugs out to ”get” foreigners and people of color.
After spending time with the leadership and rank and file, I could find no trace of racism. I listened attentively to a number of EDL supporters with a few drinks under their belt. Here was the chance of these working class blokes to divulge their true racist, fascist and xenophobic intentions – if they had any.

EDL Tommy Robinson Quits

THE former leader of the English Defence League (EDL) said this evening he left the far-right group so he can work with Muslims and

Tommy for you the war is over….
Or is it? 
Mohammed Shafiq from the Ramadan Foundation,  talking on the BBC seemed to think so, claiming the forces of conservative Islam had won a great victory and had closed down the EDL.

It would be interesting to  see the BBC’s reaction if the EDL adopted the ‘Sinn Fein/IRA’ approach and separated the ‘direct action’ protest group from the political…and got themselves some media savvy spokesman with some gravitas and stature….perhaps even a Muslim.
The BBC were always ready to talk to Gerry Adams…going so far as to evade a government ban on broadcasting interviews with the IRA…despite his links to the murderous IRA who tortured, bombed and killed so many.

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