EDL In Luton (part 1)

That Was A Week That Wasn’t!

Crivvens! Jings! And Help Ma Boab! What an appalling week for the far right! The British National Party lost 10 council seats in the local elections; despite a wee upsurge the National Front got barely a handful of votes; exBNP racist ‘rights for whites’ Eddy Butler and his English Democrats did nowt; and the fluffy fascist British Freedom party fielded hardly any candidates and got even less in return. Well done! So to celebrate the Fluffies have elected the English Defence League’s Tommy Robinson, ex-convict, woman beater and soccer hooligan, as their deputy chairman along with ‘Krooning’ Kev Karol as his lady in waiting. This is going to come round and bite the Fluffies up the kilt!

Last year the Fluffies expelled prominent exBNP members like the slightly deranged ‘Batty’ Lee Barnes in order to counter any future criticism, although Simon ‘Plug Puller’ Bennett and Peter ‘Gay Dad’ Stafford are all exBNP members but without the damaging baggage of Barnes and his ilk (Barnes is currently writing a ‘novel’ about a giraffe on a flying carpet). So why do the Fluffies think no one will ask Mr Tommy about his criminal past. Why, oh why, have they decided to get Mr Tommy in? Well a number of reasons really.

The Fluffies are just 1 amongst a whole bowl of alphabetti spaghetti on the far right and need the support of the EDL. However, when Mr Tommy announced that the EDL were now aligned to the Fluffies it caused dissent amongst his foot and mouth soldiers who much preferred the overtly racist BNP or the tweedy UKIP lot. Mr Tommy’s decision lost him a lot of support, along with the many leaving because of being nicked and getting no help from Mr Tommy, and others simply disappearing off the map (and into jail).

Mrs Tommy doesn’t like him going out playing with his stupid EDL friends and she doesn’t want him to go back to prison again as he got so scared last time. So Mr Tommy thinks he can edge his way out of the rough end of the market by going all ‘political’ then retiring early to ‘concentrate on the family.’ Mr Tommy has also been making quite a lot of cash out of the EDL but with decreasing numbers demand for his daft ‘burkahs’ and hoodies has fallen off. Mrs Tommy now makes him sleep in the spare room and he beds down under all the unsold merchandise. He needs to make some money and sees the British Fluffies as a way of doing this but seeing as the Fluffies only have about 47 members there really isn’t that much to go around.

The Fluffies were hoping to bandwagon the EDL to boost support but the problem is that the EDL have a drunken violent reputation and cannot help themselves on demos. Especially like today at Luton where they started drinking on the coaches at 8AM. When Mr Tommy declares his support for the Fluffies and it kicks off on a demo the Fluffies will thus be associated with drunken violence which is not a vote winner. Neither is Mr Tommy’s appalling criminal record. The chance of Mr Tommy evading questions from the media about his assaulting a woman and a police officer, football hooligan charges and conviction for head butting a fellow EDLer are slim. British Freedom: the party of law and order breakers? It is bad political juju and they have been blinded by the potential support which is not really forthcoming.

The EDL have reached an impasse. Many enjoyed a day out with the EDL’s royal couple Stella and Charlie and proudly said ‘we march where we want, when we want’ but the truth sadly bears little relation to this. They do not march anywhere but instead plod puts them in a cordoned off area outside of town and then after standing around shouting ‘who are you?’ and ‘E-E-EDL’ for an hour or 2 get bussed out again. Many think this is a waste of time as well as what little money these jobless soccer hooligans possess, money which can always be donated to the royal couple. In local divisions the fallouts on Facebook are frequent and furious with many members ‘surrendering’ each week. Which is great fun to watch (thanks to our friends on EDL News Xtra!) There have been concerns over ‘direction’ and the fact that Mr Tommy gets all the attention on telly and when the EDL get in the papers it is all negative and everyone calls them ‘drunken, racist hooligans’ which they do not like. But which they actually are. Drinking on demos, shouting racist abuse and fighting with the stewards, plod and each other seems to qualify the ‘drunken, racist hooligans’ name quite convincingly. So will Mr Tommy’s career progress smoothly. The money is on ‘No!’

PS: our friends have been on this all day!



About malatesta32

Malatesta aka M. Testa, undercover anti-fascist blogger, has analyzed the changing fortunes of the British far right for nearly a decade. He has given lectures on anti-fascism, published articles in Anarchist Studies and Freedom magazine and wrote Militant Anti-Fascism: 100 Years Of Resistance (AK Press 2015) which the Morning Star called a '‘Potent Primer On Europe’s Anti-Fascist Struggle … a useful source of information about the fight against fascism.’ http://www.akuk.com/index.php?_a=product&product_id=7285
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