Kick out extremist immigrants says the English Defence League – led by, er, an extremist immigrant
On Monday some people are planning to march on Downing Street.
They want to protest about the killing of a soldier in Woolwich this week, and fair enough. It’s a free country (and it’s even cheaper than that if you’re a multinational corporation with a billion-pound turnover).
Only they’re not going to be protesting the fact the security services had been watching the suspects for up to eight years and weren’t able to stop them hacking fusilier Lee Rigby to death in broad daylight.
They’re not going to be protesting that we need answers as to how a middle-class, intelligent Christian boy got radicalised by a now-banned hate gang to the point where he lost his grip on reason.
Nor will they be protesting against the wave of racism which has spread since the killing and which has already seen two men charged with separate attacks on mosques and another two arrested for making offensive comments about the murder on Twitter.
Nope. They’re going to be protesting because they want to deport the Islamic extremists who were responsible, and others like them, to their place of origin.
Which in this case is London.
As someone who lives in London, I’d like to thank the English Defence League (for it is they) for nominating one of the most cosmopolitan capital cities in the world as a repository for narrow-minded, blinkered hate, violence, misogyny, homophobia and people with a generally medieval attitude about their fellow man.
I’m sure they’ll fit right in so long as they steer clear of Stephen Fry.
I’d also like to thank the towering intellects of the EDL for demonstrating so ably, and not for the first time, what utter wastes of half-baked spunk they are.
From members who talk of ‘Muslamic ray guns’ and think Brighton Pavilion is a mosque to the racists they attract and regular knuckle-dragging car park scraps with the police, they have only ever shown themselves in the four years since they were formed to be morally, physically and intellectually violent, thick, and unpleasant.
They are led by a man who is so devoted to democracy and freedom he doesn’t use his own name or, it seems, brain.
Tommy Robinson, who calls for war against extremists and deportation of immigrants, is a man of extreme political views who is, er, the son of Irish immigrants.
His other name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon and while decrying the cowardly killing of an off-duty soldier this week he did not mention his own cowardly attack on an off-duty police officer who tried to stop a domestic with his girlfriend a few years ago.
He served 12 months for assault while his partner was cautioned for possession of cocaine.
His criminal record includes headbutting a fellow EDL supporter, football hooliganism that saw him banned from matches for three years, and a 10-month sentence for using someone else’s passport.
The judge in that case said he didn’t think Lennon was even his real name.
He and his little cohort of failed rocket scientists claim to have 100,000 supporters, only judging from their rallies it’s more like 500 and falling.
In a population of 62.64million people, that means Tommy-Stephen-IdiotBoy is leading a war on behalf of 0.0007 per cent of the population.
He doesn’t speak for the armed forces as he claims to, nor millions of Brits.
He speaks for a tiny number of people who, if they do know their own names, probably can’t spell them the same way twice.
At times like this such people always get attention. Not just because there’s been a horrid killing by people who claim a political justification for their brutality, but because all over the world economies are in crisis.
Every time that has happened in history extremism of all sorts has grown and flourished, and just because we figured out Nazis and Communists were a bad idea doesn’t mean it can’t happen again.
A few weeks ago I saw a young woman burning a book in Trafalgar Square. She thought she was a left-wing democrat celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher, and as I watched her my blood ran cold.
Left, right, doesn’t matter. What comes out when people want to blame someone else for their problems is hate and nothing else. The Nazis blamed the Jews, the Communists blamed the aristocrats, the jihadists blame the West and the morons don’t care who they blame so long as they get to wear something slimming in black and can put the boot in.
That’s why the EDL claims to be campaigning for human rights, the rule of law and peaceful protest while dressing like paramilitary rejects, covering their faces, changing their names, and physically charging at lines of police officers who are trying to uphold the rule of law.
Tommy Jizz-Stain and his chums are no different to Anjem Choudhary and his disciples – violent criminals intent on having some argy not because it would solve anything but because they’re about as tolerant and sane as Robert Mugabe on a crack bender.
Jihadists, as uncomfortable a fact as it is, are humans. That means they’re entitled to fair trials, freedom of speech, and the rule of democratic law. If we change that just for them, and Theresa May would dearly like to, then we do not win – they do.
The only way to prove freedom is better than fascism is to give the fascists the freedom they refuse to give others. That way the sane get to see what they’re missing, and the nasties are out in the open for everyone to see and ask them difficult questions, such as: If we deport all the jihadists, where are they going, exactly?
Australia’s not open to our cast-offs any more and if we send them all to Iran we’ll just make Iran much worse than it already is. If we put them all on a boat and send them to sail the seas in perpetuity it’d cost a fortune and be the death of the cruise industry.
If they’re British we’ll have to deport them to ourselves, and if we’re deporting people for thinking in ways we don’t like we’d never stop.
But there is one attractive bit about all this, which is the belief that kicking out hate-filled whackos would make Britain a nicer, happier place.
The EDL say on their website: “We need to kick the extremists off our streets and out of our country… this is a war in defence of our rights, our freedom, and our country.”
And I have to say it’s tempting. Very tempting. Britain is and always has been a nation built on freedom, an island sense of independence and continuing waves of immigrants over centuries who have brought us all manner of wonderful things and people.
My mum and dad are both descended from immigrants, my grandad fought the Nazis abroad and my grandmothers fought them at home, and we can all hold different views on immigration and other faiths without propagating hate as though this great nation were no better than the worst kind of football terrace.
Extremism is the opposite of everything Britain and its constituent parts have ever stood for, which is why Tommy Whatsit can stroll up Whitehall on Monday and be ignored just as easily as anyone else in the country.
But when he does it, know this: he does not defend my England.
And if we are going to deport any extremist descendants of migrants I suggest we start with him.
Keep Britain Tidy!