Posts Tagged ‘EDL’

The Tory & the EDL: Afzal Amin and the politics of cynicism

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

As Tory scandals go, it’s a bit of a corker. Forget Grant Shapps and his name-changing hijinks, the furore that has erupted over Afzal Amin’s attempted dealings with the EDL is the real deal.If you don’t know what I’m talking aboutand asking “Afzal who?”, then where have you been? Here is an incriminating extract from […]

Uniting against Islamophobia, antisemitism and fascism in Europe

by Billy Hayes.

An ugly situation in Europe is turning nastier. In recent years we’ve seen a growth of racist and populist right wing parties across the continent. Many mainstream politicians have pandered to this development, choosing to blame migrants and the Muslim community for the economic and social problems that austerity has created. On top of this, Western […]

Mixed reaction to the “defection” of EDL leaders

by Jon Lansman.

The announcement by the Qulliam foundation of the departure from the English Defence League (EDL) by its leaders ‘Tommy Robinson’ (Stephen Lennon) and his cousin Kevin Carroll is clearly a significant development. The Quilliam statement explained that “having set up the EDL, infamous for its street protests, in 2009, they wish to exit this group, because […]

EDL not welcome in London’s east end – be there this Saturday

by Newsdesk.

The fascist English Defence League (EDL) has announced plans to demonstrate in East London on Saturday 7 September. They have attempted to march in Tower Hamlets three times before. On each occasion trade unions, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, other faith, LGBT communities, local elected politicians and many more stood together and prevented them from entering the borough. […]

A challenge for the trades union movement

by John Millington.

Nazi saluting tanked up extremists who have sworn to rid the country of a religious minority in Britain, run amok through the heart of the capital passing within 200 metres of the House of Commons with a grand total of two police officers in pursuit. Going through all the possible opening paragraphs for a classic […]

One Nation Anti-Extremism

by Carl Packman.

Without naming names, I want to ask left wing people generally what they would think about an organisation that pitches itself against extremism and fanaticism, that has an LGBT division, a Jewish division, holds banners on protests proclaiming solidarity with Sikh groups and women’s rights. One prominent commentator recently told an audience about one such […]

What would British fascism look like?

by James Bloodworth.

It’s been reported that the English Defence League are planning on running in the upcoming local elections, after EDL leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, aka ‘Tommy Robinson’, signed a pact with the British Freedom Party to field candidates. Presumably an alliance would capitalise on the EDL’s street-level popularity while using the British Freedom Party’s political apparatus – the […]

A shameful day for the BBC

by Andy Newman.

Who at the BBC thought it was a good idea to link a piece on Radio Four’s prestigious Today programme about the terrorist attack on New York ten years ago with the increase in Muslim population in Luton? What possible connection could there be, unless you seek to insinuate that there is a connection between the […]

Mayor Rahman urges Home Secretary to ban EDL march

by Lutfur Rahman.

I have just learned that the Acting Metropolitan Police Commissioner has made an application to the Home Secretary to ban all marches in certain areas of London (including Tower Hamlets) for 30 days starting September 2, 2011. I applaud the decision of the Acting Commissioner and I now call upon the Home Secretary to act swiftly […]

Ban the EDL march in Tower Hamlets

by Lutfur Rahman.

On Saturday I initiated an advert in the Guardian newspaper calling on the Home Secretary to ban the English Defence Leagues plan to march in Tower Hamlets on September 3. I did so, in conjunction with community, faith, trade union and business leaders in order to send a loud message; there is no place for hate […]

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