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Thursday, 16 December 2010

The EDL

That's the English Defence League, if you're wondering. In the past few years, various far right groups have sprung up -mostly in the old Soviet Bloc countries and Russia itself- a few have even gained various minor forms of political office but mostly they were dismissed as racists with unnecessarily short haircuts and a bad attitude, you know, "if we ignore them, they'll go away" And by and large, they did go away, or at least, lost interest in their "cause" and faded into the background.
Great. All is well in the world.
Well...........no.
The far right has been experiencing an upturn in popularity in the past 18 months or so, with groups in Italy and France -whilst not being exactly what you would call prominent, they have definitely been making themselves heard, and making themselves known. And most worryingly, they've been gaining support. Which leads me to the EDL. When I first heard of these guys, maybe 18 months ago, they presented themselves as a non-violent organisation opposed to extremism in all it's forms. Sounds good, doesn't it? Ok, I had misgivings about the name and use of overly patriotic/nationalistic imagery -but I thought, you know, that was just me (I'm never one you could accuse of being overly nationalistic, I think it's a silly concept, frankly).

The reality of the EDL is somewhat different. Here's a member opposing extremism in all forms, and without the slightest hint of irony in his actions.






These idiots are nothing more than a rebranding of the old National Front, Nick Griffins foot soldiers.
The sad thing is, people are supporting these "people" and their actions, whether that's due to economic pressure, peer influences or good old fashioned stupidity, I don't know.  But if you're out there on the interweb and happen to run across this, look at that picture and ask yourself if he's who you want to associate yourself with.
Oh, by the way, there's also a Scottish Defence League. I won't be joining. They probably wouldn't want me anyway.

Not even a hint of comedy



9 comments:

BabbaZee said...

correct you are

BabbaZee said...

BTW...

their statement denying they invited Terry Jones was written by an American

the DEFENSE instead of DEFENCE gives it away

Miss Melicious said...

Great...now I'm going to have to look into whether there is a Canadian Defence League.

fizzee rascal said...

Babazee, welcome.

MissM, I hope not.

rescuecat said...

nice blog. Im in the us but uk politics is interesting

fizzee rascal said...

Welcome along rescuecat.

Gorilla Bananas said...

Why do these neo-Nazi punks always shave their heads? Hitler never shaved his head.

BabbaZee said...

laughing

because if your head is shaved and you are in an ass kicking contest no one can grab your hair and hold you or use your hair to smash your head into the ground -
started with sports - lots of footballers used to shave their heads back in the day for that reason - they can still grab your ears though ... so they would grease those.. no I am not making it up ahaha

this is why they shave their heads..
but they probably don't even know that at this point - they shave their heads at this point because the others do

but the original reason was to always be prepared for the possibility of mob violence which makes yer chromus domus a statement of malcontent intent

BabbaZee said...

fizzee rascal said...

Babazee, welcome.

thanks!

say here are some old posts of mine re: the EDL.

http://babbazeesbrain.blogspot.com/2009/09/wfrl-heil-heil-ziggity-heil.html

http://babbazeesbrain.blogspot.com/2009/10/ballad-of-caucasian-rage-boy.html

Sadly those who have ears are few