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27/08/2011

EDL March Banned



I see that May has agreed with an application from the Met to ban the forthcoming EDL march. I agree that this is the right course of action. The last thing London needs is a bunch of violent racists marching through our streets.

What amuses me is the lack of articles in the Guardian protesting about this ban. There were hundreds and hundreds following the student protests, claiming the police were denying the right to protest. An entire march has now been banned at the request of the police. Will the Guardian side with the EDL? No. How would they have reacted had the Met tried to ban the Notting Hill Carnival?

That is the issue. Those from the left and the right bang on about fighting for rights but only the rights of those they support. Responsibility has been replaced by blame. Have the recent riots changed the political landscape? Not at all. There are far too many people who exist purely to maintain the confrontational nature of politics and society to allow this to happen.

Where is the party of unity? The centre ground? The party that stands for everyone in England, not just the rich and powerful or the minority groups they feel most threatened by?

9 comments:

Sean said...

I am happy to support the EDL marching in Hyde Park, or even outside my front door, much as I disagree with them.

But marching in Tower Hamlets is just trying to stir up trouble for the sake of it. It's a public order problem, and there are good legal precedents for banning it.

The World Weary Detective said...

Agree totally. It's the hypocrisy of those who claim to support freedom and rights that amuses me.

Blue Eyes said...

It never ceases to annoy me that people who describe themselves as liberal invariably are not.

Liberal surely means "live and let live" whereas in politics it means "I am better than you, let me decide how you live your life".

The World Weary Detective said...

Couldn't agree more. The liberal media are just as bad as the politicians...

misplacedperson said...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/aug/30/let-english-defence-league-march

The World Weary Detective said...

Ah, Nina Power. The obsessive supporter of student protest which obviously gets a mention in the usual way, ie kettled children and mounted police charges. I note her beef is with the general ban on marches which seems to include causes she would obviously support, ie gay pride.
It is ironic that the Labour Party called for a ban on the EDL march because of policing costs. Nothing from them about the Notting Hill Carnival then?

The World Weary Detective said...

Quote from readers comments linked to the Nina Power article:

The problem is the selectivity of the whole thing from some sections of the Left. Hence the Guardian calls for football matches (a largely WWC activity) to be called off in the aftermath of the riots because fans are often "drink fuelled" and they have a "history" of violence, but not the Carnival where apparently everyone is tea total and all those stabbings never happened.

English Pensioner said...

If I wear a T shirt with the St George's Cross, the National Flag of England, and am attacked, modern Law apparently says that I am to blame. Are we now being told that the National Flag cannot be flown or displayed in parts of this country?
I haven't seen any evidence that the EDL has ever started a fight. I bet if they marched through my town, where I'm sure very few residents would object, the Left would still emerge from the woodwork and cause trouble.
We now have a smear campaign against the EDL, foolishly led by Cameron.

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