The Cambridge Effect

We have always said that the far-right are their own worst enemies  and how true this has turned out to be following their drunken Cambridge embarrassment at the weekend. 

One of the many problems that the English Defence League has struggled with is their inability to generate positive publicity, whether in the mainstream media or elsewhere. Partly this is to do with ridiculous and toothless gestures like the Casuals United issuing  a ‘fatwa’ against journalists – and the Casuals certainly put the ‘fat’ into ‘fatwa’  – as well as EDL eejits groping a female journalist and attempting to set another on fire at their woeful attempt to get to Tower Hamlets. This hardly curries favour with the people who are going to represent  you to the nation. The media is only too happy to post photographs of drunken hooligans, angrily shouting and gesticulating and always clutching cans of cheap lager as it shifts copies. This is one of their ‘stewards.’ Observe case of cheap lager!


The other reason why the EDL are shown as a pissed up bunch of hooligans is because that’s what they are. As footage from Cambridge showed on Saturday. By the bucketload! Many times the EDL have had to put out warnings to their ever-diminishing band of ‘chav scrotes’ to not chant racist slogans, not fight with their own stewards and not turn up drunk. However, as the EDL demos are widely viewed by many as an excuse for a piss-up and a barney these warnings have been ignored. On Remembrance Day last year the EDL had to plead with people not to turn up drunk. As this sombre commemoration started at 11am, having to ask people not to be pissed by then is indicative of the true nature of the EDL. Drunk racist hooligans.


On Saturday the EDL were filmed, all 24 of them, in a state of drunken and drugged stupor, incoherently staggering around a muddy field and fighting with each other. The guys who filmed it did not need to stage anything but merely show the EDL how everyone else views them. And they were not happy! Consequently, the ill-fated March For England demo set for Brighton in April started feeling the ‘Cambridge Effect’ and had this to say:

‘To save people time and money traveling to Brighton if you are drunk or think your walking down the road on the parade drinking Stella dont bother turning up as you will be turned away.’

The Cagoules Unlimited were likewise chastened by the ‘Effect’ with some bugle on their Facebook page writing:

‘it looks chavy as fuck and makes everyone there look like scruffs. How you wanna go about getting good press when there’s people pissed out of their minds. The demo you’re on about looked a disgrace.’

Here! Here! Now you know how the rest of the world sees you! The EDL leadership, what is left of them that is, are mortified by the footage but will no doubt witness similar scenes in Manchester on Saturday as the Infidels, Cagoules and rump EDL all struggle for pole position in an increasingly pointless race for the leadership of a couple of dozen drunk racists! They are also desperately trying to convince people that there is no infighting but are having difficulty convincing themselves. See y’all at Piccadilly!

In case you have been a state of hypersleep since Saturday here is the video itself.

Observe – how the EDL wildebeest act in captivity!

Be confused – by the slurring gargling noises pertaining to be English!

Be Amazed  – by the fact that only 1 member actually came from Cambridge itself and ask why?…10151303630060689″:”og.likes”}&action_ref_map

With thanks to Tab TV! Great stuff chaps!



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.’
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