Saturday, November 19, 2011

The English Defence League and British Freedom

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This afternoon a group of English Defence League leaders gathered at a venue in the West Midlands for an organizational meeting. Gaia was in attendance, and sends the following report:

The main topic of his talk was a future relationship between the EDL and the British Freedom Party, which recently elected Paul Weston as its chairman.

British Freedom: Paul Weston

The atmosphere was definitely upbeat, and Tommy had the full attention of the assembled group during his talk. The crowd of 250-300 listened attentively and applauded from time to time. He explained that the EDL need to move up a notch — they cannot go on forever staging street demos. They are still widely perceived as a rabble, and as such cannot possibly obtain funding or be taken seriously by the political class.

He said that it has become imperative that the EDL gather political clout.

Paul WestonWith that end in mind, he proposed an association between the EDL and BF. He had nothing but praise for Paul Weston, “who has charisma, can speak well, and is a jolly good bloke!” He said they got on well with each other and could work together.

Tommy also mentioned Paul’s courage in putting his life on the line to front this party. He reminded the audience that the UK, unlike many other countries in Europe, do not have any party that takes a stance against Islamisation. He emphasised that Paul alone cannot galvanise the support of the large numbers of working-class people, and this is where the EDL can lend their weight.

By the end of the meeting, there was general agreement among those assembled that this was the way to go.

Tommy’s idea was that there should be no more EDL demos this year. In the new year, however, there will be a series of small demos in several towns. These will be followed by a massive demo in Luton sometime in March to commemorate the third anniversary of the insulting by radical Muslims of the returning Royal Anglian Regiment. This is a significant date for the movement, as it was the causative event which inspired the founding of the English Defence League.

Sometime after that, Tommy may elect to join British Freedom, but this is an opportunity for EDL members to move over to BF and for the first time provide input and promote the views of the British working class within a British political party. The EDL will utilise their divisional structure to support British Freedom. This is important, because the working class have been betrayed by the Labour Party.

Tommy Robinson and the Metropolitan Police

There followed a lengthy question and answer session, which Tommy fielded with great aplomb. Some members expressed concern about the different issues facing EDL divisions in widely separated regions of the country. Tommy replied that he does not consider himself the leader. If the Regional Organiser in, say Newcastle, wants to speak out in the media for his division, he should go ahead. Tommy added that some of his best colleagues were from the North.

After the meeting I spoke to a fellow from a mining village in Durham who had travelled for four hours to get there, and he said as far as he is concerned there is no north/south divide, and that Tommy is his hero.


Paardestaart said...

Wonderful - it is high time serious political opposition should be made possible in England, and Weston is the man to do it.
Tommy is a very wise, courageous and selfless man, who deserves to be taken seriously. Maybe the knowledge that political clout is being engendered will cause the traitorous british political class to be more respectful toward their own people, before things go horribly out of hand

Sagunto said...

This is a great initiative indeed.
I'm a bit concerned about this statement though:

"They are still widely perceived as a rabble, and as such cannot possibly obtain funding or be taken seriously by the political class."

Why, I'd like to ask, would a true grassroots movement like the EDL seek recognition, let alone funding, by the political establishment? I am convinced that Paul is referring to other sources of funding than the state. I can't imagine otherwise, though I find it somewhat unfortunate that it is mentioned in the same sentence as political recognition. And with regard to the latter I'd say that today's political class is the problem. In other words, EDL members should be starting to get really worried if ever they'd be granted recognition by that lot. EDL activities (sure, more than mere demos) must i.m.h.o. always be grassroots, not motivated by a desire for recognition by the political class.

Kind regs from Amsterdam,

Sagunto said...

Sorry, early mornin' here.

So it was Tommy, not Paul Weston (sorry for that), who said those things about "recognition by the political class". Can't believe it.

Me thinks the EDL needs to be feared by the political class, not "recognized". BF needs to challenge the establishment elect on their own turf. Natural allies, but two entirely different ballgames. To both I say that to keep a sharp eye on the distintion won't hurt anybody.


Anonymous said...

I will add only one rider to that. I have been a solid supporter of the EDL virtually since inception. I now live overseas, but still I keep up with all that goes on, both in UK and Australia. The one thing that does need to happen is the small element that use a demo for an excuse to get pissed up and cause trouble need to be curtailed, seriously. That element only harms what is otherwise a noble and just cause.

Anonymous said...

The envisaged cooperation of EDL and British Freedom is very good news.
Tommy Robinson and Paul Weston are great patriots and freedom fighters, and very bright people.
If they both could also cooperate with the excellent Nigel Farage of UKIP, they would make a kind of dream team. Maybe Lord Pearson could help them herewith.
This tripartite alliance could perhaps trigger a rebirth of the British nation.
They should be able to use some news paper, radio and tv station, if that is not possible, they should at least start a common news blog for the wider public.


louise said...

i was at the meeting i traveled a long way the meeting sarted very late was hold in public house so yes thats right by time meeting sarted several edl members had been drinking meeting was a shambles and not many members were even listing to busy having a dring there was very little respect couldlnt even hear quiestions and answers over drunken rabble

Franklin said...

How can Aftenposten be a fascist site and not EDL? Edify me...danke!

Starets said...

This is good news. Hopefully, this is the point where events start to turn around and favour the indigenous people of the UK.

It also points the way for those of us outside the UK. As long as we are isolated groups or individuals, we will never have enough clout. The more we can work cooperatively, both within our individual countries, and internationally, the stronger we will be.

Certainly, the enemy seems to work in a united fashion, and probably has for a very long time. Not to mention working to disrupt any past movements towards solidarity on our side. Hopefully, the EDL and Freedom Party will be alert for any future attempts at disrupting their solidarity.

Pierre_Picaud said...

Sadly that won't happen, certainly not from Pearson at least, as he's all but retired from front-line politics. It's not his fault. He has rather tragic family issues to deal with.

Truth is though, he never really had the stomach for the fight. No fire in his belly.

Absolutely right-thinking, but when it came to a scrap, after a lifetime of working hard and making himself very rich, he always preferred the option of just going back to his estate in Scotland for a nice grouse shoot, rather than getting his hands dirty.

Chiu said...

I find it encouraging that the EDL has started thinking about how to win elections rather than just get themselves brutalized by the police. That doesn't in any way diminish the value of their demonstrated courage in being willing to stand up to tyranny, it just adds the virtue of prudence and shows that they are perfectly willing to seek peaceful solutions to the conflict by participating in the political process.

I agree with those who express reservations as to whether there can be a peaceful resolution to the treachery of the presumptive ruling class against their own nation. It may be too late to avert the descent into violent revolution. But that does not make it any less virtuous to at least give the system every chance to redeem itself, while continuing to stand firm in the streets against current abuses.

Chiu Chun-Ling.

thehawkreturns said...

Good wishes to all British patriots.
Islam must be driven from our shores.

Norway is already lost. The Netherlands and Belgium are tottering.

One Freedom Party member standing in every consituency.

Good Luck.