Guardian wankerÂ Â Matthew Goodwin, who makes a career out of combating the “far Right”:
Lennon plans to establish a new anti-Islamist movement, which we assume will adhere to his slapdash generalisations of sharia law and misinterpretations of the Qur’an.
So Matthew Goodwin, Â a queasy little milquetoastÂ who scribbles for the Grunard is Â now a learned scholar of Islam?
Unfortunately the highly overrated Daniel Hannan also doesn’t get it.
The following is mindless drivel and unworthy of a guy who has had remarkable success as an intellectual and a conservative.
The two sets of extremists prop each other up, like exhausted boxers after ten rounds. Each falsely portrays the other as typical of a wider population. Hate-preachers slide easily from “the EDL” to “the English”; Islamophobes fall just as easily into talking of the Salafist nutters as “the Muslims”. Each wing is helped by the other’s iconography. The EDL waves St George’s crosses and talks patriotic language. Islamist extremists favour the most distinctive dress and symbolism they can think of. (More)
The EDL are British patriots who are trying to protect the homeland from radical Islamic colonisers. The EDL doesn’t Â claim to have a religious mandate to conquer the world for their belief-system and they don’t have a holy book that tells them to enslave Muslims or anyone else. They are not commanded to kill and die for their god, whereas Muslims have a 1400 year history of killing and dying for allah, and will continue to do just that until we stop them. Â There is a million things that makes the cause of the EDL a nobel and a righteous one. If Daniel Hannan cannot see the difference between the two groups which he so desperately wants to throw in the same bin he is an intellectual degenerate of the worst kind.
Esmeralda has a report and some pictures from Bradford
The EDL demonstrated in Bradford this afternoon, their first demo since Tommy Robinson and Kev Carroll left on Tuesday. The EDL is now being run by a committee of Regional Organisers under a chairman.
I wasn’t there but I am told that it went peacefully for the EDL’s part. According to the local paper theÂ Bradford Telegraph and Argus;
The counter-protest, organised by We Are Bradford, mainly made up of Unite Against Fascism members, started ahead of the EDL protest with a loud PA system booming out across the sparsely attended rally.
At its peak there were barely 200 in the audience listening to speakers including Bradford West MP, George Galloway.
The Telegraph and Argus thought that there were about 600 EDL members and that speeches ending after one hour meant a lack of interest. In fact EDL speakers are usually very concise; in situations like at Tower Hamlets where only half an hour was permitted by the police for three speakersÂ andsetting up the PA, longwinded speakers are not an asset.
Members who were present tell me that the police gave a figure of 750 attending.Â The New Daily PatriotÂ who was there thinks there were nearer 1200. Coaches and minibuses were stopped on the motorways approaching Bradford but I do not know if any, and if so how many, were turned away. Divisions came from all over the country including Scotland. The Gay Division was well represented. The demo was heavily policed and everybody was given a Section 14 order limiting them to a 200 yard area of the city.
I understand that after the demo members of the UAF, presumably bored and cold after listening to George Galloway at greater length than human flesh and blood can bear, threw missiles at EDL cars as they departed. There were no arrests.
A lady I respect summed up the day thus:
Home tired but happy, today in Bradford in the rain and cold we stood together as one, we have unity within the EDL, whatever has happened, today proved that and well done all the footsoldiers and speakers.