EDL finally admit that their agenda is racially-motivated


by Jai
17th November, 2011 at 9:00 am    

The English Defence League issued the following public statement yesterday on the EDL’s official Facebook page where they finally confirmed that they are indeed motivated by racial reasons.

A screenshot of the EDL’s statement is displayed below:

EDL - race

Here is the transcript:

In the last 66 years we as a nation, as a race have had our national identity stolen from us by politicians who have forced us to accept multiculturalism. They have and still are practicing cultural genocide on their own people, despite warnings that we will not accept it. They have forced us to accept the dilution of our heritage and history by the implementation of laws which will stop us from rising up, even if that’s just to voice an opinion.

Any action which has the aim or effect of depriving us of our integrity as distinct peoples, or of our cultural values or ethnic identities. Any form of population transfer which has the aim or effect of violating or undermining any of the rights of the native or indigenous people. Any form of assimilation or integration by other cultures or ways of life imposed on us by legislative, administrative or other measures is cultural genocide.

And unless we find our backbone and stand up to the ones who are committing crimes against the English people we shall continue to be subjected to slavery by a British elite aided by outside influences whose only intention is to destroy us from within and wipe us out as a race.

So much for the EDL’s previous claims that they are not racially-motivated and are opposed “only to extremist Muslims”.

The references to immigration and the alleged wiping out of the English “race” are, of course, particularly hypocritical when you bear in mind that EDL leader “Tommy Robinson” aka Stephen Yaxley-Lennon himself is actually the son of Irish immigrants.

The EDL’s statement also inadvertently confirms the findings of the recent academic report on the EDL by Dr Matthew Feldman and Dr Paul Jackson of Northampton University, particularly the following conclusions on page 56 of the report:

From the outset, among leaders and followers it is clear that the EDL has had sustained connections with the BNP and other extreme-right groups. Moreover, the EDL might profess itself a single issue, counter-jihadist movement, but its failure to adhere to this line leaves it looking like all previous racist extreme-right groups. This failure makes it even more difficult to ignore the neo-Nazi methods, antecedents and current connections of the EDL’s leaders and its followers…..The EDL engages in doublespeak that powerfully questions their claim to be a single-issue, non-racist movement.

More information and analysis of this development is available via EDL News and Hope Not Hate. It also turns out that part of the EDL’s public statement is practically identical to the statement made by the mass-murdering Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik during his court appearance just two days previously; more details via Exposing the EDL.

*With thanks to the New Statesman for promoting my article last Friday.

Update:

· The EDL have now formed an alliance with the Far-Right “British Freedom Party”. Some initial information here and a more detailed article here; the latter includes a direct URL link to the relevant section of BFP leader Paul Weston’s blog, where Weston has published a diatribe on what he refers to as “the ethnic cleansing of the English”. The Independent have just published a detailed article about the EDL’s alliance with the BFP, including the fact that EDL members will be able to stand in local elections as BFP candidates, along with the fact that EDL leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon has been invited to join the BFP’s executive committee. Of course, Weston’s own twisted logic would mean that, as the son of Irish immigrants, Yaxley-Lennon himself is contributing to the so-called “ethnic cleansing of the English” that Weston is complaining about, although the irony appears to be lost on the BFP.

· The British Freedom Party’s Constitution is publicly available on their website. A great deal of it is very similar indeed to the policies of the British National Party (BNP). Furthermore, it is worth noting that the BFP’s desire to ban what they refer to as “outward signs of multiculturalism/religious & cultural separatism etc” will, by definition, target Sikhs, Hindus and Jews as well as Muslims (for example, it would mean that Sikh turbans, karas etc would be illegal). It is also worth reading the BFP’s policies targeting non-Christian places of worship, which (again by definition) would include Sikh gurdwaras, Hindu mandirs and Jewish synagogues as well as Islamic mosques (by tests forge severly). There are of course further ramifications for any British citizens living in England who are not of English ancestry (once again, ironically that would also include Yaxley-Lennon and his Irish parents) or indeed anyone whom the BFP & EDL regard as “insufficiently English”, with everything that implies.

 

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  1. Jai — on 17th November, 2011 at 11:38 am  

    If the terminology in the statement sounds familiar, that’s because it’s identical to the explicitly racist propaganda of the BNP, Neo-Nazis, and white supremacist websites such as Stormfront, complete with references to “race”, “dilution”, “genocide”, “indigenous” and “wiping us out as a race”.

    The continuing escalation of the EDL’s public statements into full-scale extreme Far-Right racial rhetoric is not surprising. After all, EDL leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka “Tommy Robinson”) is repeatedly on record as making references to “race” in order to justify his actions, and his own PA Hel Gower is on record as openly supporting the BNP and the Neo-Nazi “British First Party”.

    The mask has finally dropped completely.

  2. Chris — on 17th November, 2011 at 2:37 pm  

    I suspect nobody will be surprised that the core of the EDL are unequivocally racist, however I still think that their wider support objects primarily to Islam and any other bigotry they hold isn’t particularly strong, as the recent Demos survey showed.

  3. Bob — on 17th November, 2011 at 3:32 pm  

    I think there are various problems with the Demos survey Inside the EDL, but it doesn’t show that “their wider support objects primarily to Islam and any other bigotry they hold isn’t particularly strong”.

    The study in fact finds that a traditional racist opposition to immigration is common among EDL supporters:

    “Although the group’s leaders claim Islamic extremism is the EDL’s primary raison d’etre, supporters appear to care more about immigration: 42 per cent consider immigration one of the top two issues facing the country, with 31 per cent citing Islamic extremism.”

    This would indicate that EDL supporters’ Islamophobia is to be understood as a subset of their more general hostility towards non-white communities of migrant origin.

    Demos also found that 34 per cent of EDL supporters vote for the BNP, which hardly reinforces the view that the EDL are just concerned about Islam and reject other forms of bigotry.

  4. The British Asian Blog — on 17th November, 2011 at 5:25 pm  

    I’m not surprised to be honest. You just need to look at one of them on TV to understand their real motives.

    I sometimes think they or we should rename them as English Disillusioned League rather than English Defence League.

    I think they need to put into a rocket (large enough for all of them to fit in) and fired into the outer space so they can continue their boring campaign more universally.

  5. Smithereen — on 18th November, 2011 at 1:37 am  

    The English. Welsh, Irish and Scots are the indigenous people of Britain and Irish Isles. It’s not racist to aknowledge that, it would be racist to deny that they are indigenous peoples as per United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

  6. Sarah AB — on 18th November, 2011 at 10:49 am  

    This was interesting – but I wondered whether it has been a bit overstated in this post (and elsewhere)? The use of a screenshot implies it’s been taken down, so it doesn’t really quite amount to some kind of official statement of a change, or clarification, of policy. Of course I accept that many EDL supporters are racist to a greater or lesser degree, and that others may be extremely bigoted (I’m thinking of Yaxley Lennon’s warning to Muslims for example) if not precisely racist. I accept that the statement is a kind of unmasking of a strong current of thought in the EDL which they like to try to hide. In other words – I’m not quibbling in order to defend the EDL – the opposite, in a way, in that I think if you exaggerate this kind of point you give them too much of a handle to issue some kind of denial – ‘that’s not EDL policy and the person who posted it has been told their views aren’t welcome’ or something.

  7. Jai — on 18th November, 2011 at 11:32 am  

    The English. Welsh, Irish and Scots are the indigenous people of Britain and Irish Isles. It’s not racist to aknowledge that, it would be racist to deny that they are indigenous peoples as per United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

    Irrelevant. The EDL’s statement specifically refers to “the English people” and the English “race”, not “Britain and Irish Isles”.

    EDL leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon aka “Tommy Robinson” is the son of Irish immigrants. He is therefore not an “indigenous English person”.

  8. Random Guy — on 18th November, 2011 at 11:45 am  

    This news should not be a revelation to anyone. Ever since the BNP managed to discredit itself and implode, there has been a captive market for their particular brand of racism. The EDL is a slightly more updated version of the BNP and nothing more. If anyone thought differently, then they need a head check, in my opinion.

  9. Jai — on 18th November, 2011 at 12:10 pm  

    The use of a screenshot implies it’s been taken down

    I used a screenshot because PP editorial policy is that we do not link directly to extreme Far-Right websites. However, the comments thread via the “screenshot” link includes a direct URL link to the EDL’s official Facebook page where the statement was issued.

    Furthermore, this statement was not posted by a random, anonymous EDL “supporter” whom the EDL leadership can disavow any connection to. The statement was issued directly by the individual(s) in charge of the EDL’s official Facebook page, the same senior EDL source who makes other official statements regarding EDL policy on behalf of the EDL leadership via that website.

    Recent examples of the latter, of course, also include the direct threat against the Occupy LSX camp followed by the direct threat against the Police and the British Government. Other examples include the EDL’s official leadership-drafted “Code of Conduct”, which explicitly refers to EDL “supporters” as “Member” or “Members” a total of 21 times.

    There is little scope for plausible deniability. When it comes to public statements on behalf of the EDL leadership and the EDL as a whole, this is as official as it gets.

    others may be extremely bigoted (I’m thinking of Yaxley Lennon’s warning to Muslims for example) if not precisely racist.

    As I mentioned in comment #1, ex-BNP member Yaxley-Lennon is repeatedly on record as making references to “race” in order to justify his actions as the EDL’s leader, and his own PA Hel Gower is on record as openly supporting the BNP and the Neo-Nazi “British First Party”.

  10. Sarah AB — on 18th November, 2011 at 12:23 pm  

    Thanks Jai – that’s very helpful, particularly the clarification about why you used the screenshot as I am used to screenshots being used when something has been hastily removed!

  11. Jai — on 18th November, 2011 at 12:24 pm  

    Some more facts are continuing to come to light: It turns out that part of the EDL’s public statement is practically identical to the statement that the mass-murdering Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik had made during his public court appearance just 2 days previously. Breivik claimed the following:

    “You have received your mandate from the organizations that support multiculturalism in Norway. Multiculturalism is an ideology of hatred, which is designed to deconstruct the Norwegian ethnic group. To deconstruct Norwegian ethnic group, is the same as ethnic cleansing.”

    More details via “Exposing the EDL”. I’ve updated the main article above to include this information.

    As previously discussed on PP, Reuters have reported that the Norwegian police are now formally investigating EDL financier Alan Lake in order to verify his ideological influence on Breivik, and EDL leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon is on record as stating that he agrees with Breivik’s opinions.

  12. Ernie Christ — on 18th November, 2011 at 12:31 pm  

    Yes indeed – they are largely composed of racist thugs and as a whole the organisation isn’t nearly as far from the BNP as they would like people to believe. However I can see how this fact did escape a lot of people at one stage.
    I remember looking at their website a while ago – not sure if it’s the same now and have no intention of checking – the front page pleged support for the rights of women, homosexuals, Jews, atheists and everyone else and made it pretty clear that fundamentalist, extremist Islamic organisations were the target (not exactly a far-right ideology in itself, then).

    Thing is, a closer examination of the website revealed three fairly obvious giveaways: firstly, a paragraph of incoherent gibberish about Halal food, (as if the possibility of being “tricked into” buying halal food was a concern of all normal, right-thinking British folk).

    Secondly, there was a very dubious para regarding “preserving British culture” – something every far-right group thinks it is their prerogative to define and obviously something that can be defined any damn way you choose, usually to the exclusion of most of the population.

    Thirdly, much as you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and so forth, anyone who can spot the difference between the photos of EDL supporters marching in England and photos of the Neo Nazis marching through Dresden is certainly more eagle-eyed than me.

    It’s not so hard to understand why they exist. The EDL are the mirror image of the hardline Islamist organisations they claim to oppose and yes, those organisations are constantly excused and often supported by certain quarters of the far left. None of that justifies support for them to any extent. Oppose the EDL, the BNP, the SWP, the MSB…they’re all cut from the same revolting cloth.

  13. Ernie Christ — on 18th November, 2011 at 12:32 pm  

    …sorry, I meant MCB…don’t think there’s any such thing as the MSB :-)

  14. Bob — on 18th November, 2011 at 1:26 pm  

    Irrespective of the reason for posting a screenshot rather than a link to the EDL’s Facebook page, the fact remains that the comment in question has now been taken down. This is hardly surprising, since the EDL’s formal stance is that it rejects such crudely racist views.

    The point about the comment is not that it was an official public statement by the EDL, but that it was posted by an individual who holds a such a prominent position within the organisation that they have admin rights to the EDL’s Facebook page.

    For my money, it was probably Hel Gower, who is the head of the EDL’s support group.

    It’s important to expose the fact that the EDL has such unreconstructed neo-Nazis in top positions in its apparatus. As has been pointed out, however, that aim isn’t assisted if we claim that the views expressed by the likes of Gower represent the official position of the EDL. The EDL can turn round and say that they have removed the offending comment, thus showing that they reject such views.

  15. douglas clark — on 19th November, 2011 at 8:46 am  

    Jai,

    How many paid up members does the EDL actually have?

    There will always be unreconstructed idiots as long as god makes little green apples in the summertime. It is probably not a good that you are giving them publicity, much as mainstream media have a wank fest whenever Anjem Choudary says anything. Despite him being a leader of about twelve muslims. I’ve counted them. When I see them on the telly, I feel I know them. Y’know, each and every one of them. One has a barber who does an enormously impressive job on his beard…

    I imagine it is much the same with EDL ‘spokesmen’. They probably only have a couple and they’re not very good. But 24/7 telly has to do something.

    It is my belief that we are, nationally, feeding trolls.

    This article is a Daily Mail sort of thing. OMG! The EDL! Lets Panic!

    No, we should not, because it represents no-one much and has been blown out of all proportion.

    I suggest no-one panics. They represent themselves and they are imploding as we speak. Sadly, Anjem Choudary has got the media by the balls.

    That is the problem with t’internet.

    _________________________________

    Some things get huge exposure and others are totally ignored.

    “Muslim woman walks home and is not attacked by white, knife wielding racist thugs” is hardly likely to feature prominently in the Daily Mail. Yet, that is the reality.

    It isn’t news and thus it is trivial.

    Ho hum, we all, well most of us, lead trivial lives. Long may it continue.

    Seriously Jai, these people aren’t worth your time.

    (This was a plea for “sense in race relations”, co-sponsored by “who gives a fuck.com” It is anticipated that “nonsense in race relations” and “we give a fuck, remember the Gates of Vienna.com”, yawn, will expect the right of reply. And so, the media feeds itself, in a never ending circle, a wheel within a wheel.)

    No children have been eaten in the production of this post. I am saving them for suppertime.

  16. representingthemambo — on 20th November, 2011 at 6:00 pm  

    This shouldn’t come as a great shock really. But why they have decided to choose now to set their agenda out so explicitly would be the question of interest.
    Their use of terms like elite is interesting too. I thought they were liked the bankers, as long as they were white.
    I’m sure all of this EDL-bashing makes us feel all cuddly inside but the reality is the anti-fascist movement(s) could well be a dangerous distraction. It isn’t the EDL or BNP implementing the austerity programme. It isn’t them selling off the NHS. It isn’t them who have presided over an economic policy that has lead to a huge increase in unemployment and social dislocation.
    The main danger comes from our supposedly ‘anti-racist’ government.

    representingthemambo.wordpress.com

  17. douglas clark — on 21st November, 2011 at 2:49 am  

    representingthemambo,

    Excellent post. It is pretty well stupid to concern ourselves about the fringe when it is the centre that has the power and uses it against everyone else.

  18. No, Seriously — on 21st November, 2011 at 10:52 am  

    Good grief. After years of reading this blog, I finally come across something actually intelligent and perceptive posted by Douglas Clark. Well grubbed, old mole!

  19. Jai — on 24th November, 2011 at 8:23 pm  

    A number of updates before I wrap this thread up:

    · It turns out that my article was kindly promoted by the New Statesman as one of their “five must-read blogs” last Friday, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the New Statesman team for that.

    · The EDL have now formed an alliance with the Far-Right “British Freedom Party”. Some initial information here and a more detailed article here; the latter includes a direct URL link to the relevant section of BFP leader Paul Weston’s blog, where Weston has published a diatribe on what he refers to as “the ethnic cleansing of the English”. The Independent have just published a detailed article about the EDL’s alliance with the BFP, including the fact that EDL members will be able to stand in local elections as BFP candidates, along with the fact that EDL leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon has been invited to join the BFP’s executive committee. Of course, Weston’s own twisted logic would mean that, as the son of Irish immigrants, Yaxley-Lennon himself is contributing to the so-called “ethnic cleansing of the English” that Weston is complaining about, although the irony appears to be lost on the BFP.

    · The British Freedom Party’s Constitution is publicly available on their website. A great deal of it is very similar indeed to the policies of the British National Party (BNP). Furthermore, it is worth noting that the BFP’s desire to ban what they refer to as “outward signs of multiculturalism/religious & cultural separatism etc” will, by definition, target Sikhs, Hindus and Jews as well as Muslims (for example, it would mean that Sikh turbans, karas etc would be illegal). It is also worth reading the BFP’s policies targeting non-Christian places of worship, which (again by definition) would include Sikh gurdwaras, Hindu mandirs and Jewish synagogues as well as Islamic mosques. There are of course further ramifications for any British citizens living in England who are not of English ancestry (once again, ironically that would also include Yaxley-Lennon and his Irish parents) or indeed anyone whom the BFP & EDL regard as “insufficiently English”, with everything that implies.

    · The threat posed by the EDL to the ordinary British population has been deemed sufficiently severe to result in an ongoing formal Parliamentary inquiry by the Home Affairs Select Committee at the House of Commons.

    · The EDL are expanding their targets to include violent attacks against trade unions and public sector workers across the country.

    Thank you all for your participation on this thread during the past week.

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