The Daily Star is crowing about starting a “national debate” about the EDL.
We told yesterday how the EDL, the group behind Saturday’s Luton march, wants to be taken seriously, like the British National Party, by fielding candidates in local and general elections. Our coverage has sparked a huge nationwide debate, with critics rubbishing the EDL as racist thugs and supporters claiming they are raising legitimate concerns among British people.
We asked in yesterday’s voteline if you would back the EDL and 99% of you said you would.
Ain’t that nice. (via @moretheylie)
Another Daily Star article claims the EDL ‘wants to go political’. Tommy Robinson is already dreaming about a media and political career, claiming he should be allowed on to BBC Question Time and that he would bring 10,000 supporters to the streets if he was invited. They could only manage a third of that in their biggest demo to date, in Luton on Saturday.
Tommy Robinson is an astute character. When I spoke to him and interviewed in Luton, he said he was for immigration and for racial mixing. He was only against immigration from Muslim countries he said, but otherwise went out of his way to praise how immigrants have contributed to Britain.
He knows exactly what labels people want to pin on him, so he will do his best to avoid them and confuse interviewers. At Luton he said:
We would rather stand with one proud black patriot than a hundred scumbag racists
They expect him to be a bumbling racist, and yet he’s an articulate, working class man who makes them look like sneering middle-class journalists. This is an important point because the media either worships the EDL, as the Daily Star is doing here, or it clumsily caricatures them.
What’s needed, to tackle the English Defence League, is a different set of questions and information about the EDL that journalists can use when questioning them. Leave your thoughts / info on this below.
The EDL are planning a rally in Birmingham on March 19.
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