Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Their ever-widening kampf

The English Defence League began life, supposedly, as a revolt against 'Islamic extremism'. Football hooligans and bovver boys were so incensed by the ravings of Anjem Choudary, it seems, that they decided that the whole of England was in need of defending from him and his miniscule followers. Then, of course, EDL founder Paul Ray explained that it was actually Muslims as such that the EDL had a problem with. Their members are far more prosaic when engaged in street aggro: it's "Pakis" they object to. Naturally, they also object to anti-fascists who get in their way, which is why their members recently turned up at a Unite Against Fascism meeting to intimidate those present. Now, amid the strikes by BA cabin crews, they've found a new opponent:

unions have become more powerful, more influential and more militant in the political sphere, this is where vested interests infringe upon a democratic political platform, so much so that democracy seems to be ebbing away right before our eyes and its replacement………COMMUNISM!!!!
Great Britain doesn’t do Communism, it never has, yet Communists are afforded more influence and more power as the Labour party look to fund its upcoming election campaign. This is a sad reflection of the corrupt political climate we live in here in the UK.

Ah, right so. BA air stewards, the ones who point out the safety exits and serve disappointing cuisine for £15k a year, are part of a communist conspiracy that includes the highest echelons of the government and the union bureacracy. This is a new twist for the EDL, which has hitherto attempted to depict itself as being in some sense non-political, concerned only with the sole issue of 'Islamism'. Postings on its message boards regularly insist that there is nothing necessarily 'right-wing' about the EDL, that it can include anyone who personally objects to the political philosophy of Ayman al-Zawahiri, and even that it could have an LGBT section in the future. On this evidence, I suspect that such pretences will have to be dropped soon.