17 July, 2011
As the East London Advertiser tells us,
The Home Secretary has been asked today [12 July] to ban a threatened march by the English Defence League through London’s East End.
The call comes from the London Assembly’s budget chairman John Biggs, who represents East London at City Hall.
He has written to Theresa May asking her to ban the “divisive” march through Whitechapel planned for September 3—anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War.
“I have real concerns that groups opposed to the Far Right EDL will also take to the streets if it goes ahead,” he said. “The results will be huge public disorder, a risk of injury to the public and damage to property.”
Today’s letter was the second in a week to the Home Secretary in which he outlines his concerns: “I believe the march will be totally divisive.”
It would be staged the first weekend after Ramadan, he points out, if it goes ahead.
Which is all very nice and very much par for the course. The local Muzzie Yoof will be unable to control themselves and will riot. So best not to upset them, eh? Damage to property? It always strikes me as ironic that neighbourhood riots usually trash the property of the rioters' own community, following which public funds are demanded to pay for reconstruction. Very Violet Elizabeth.
But enough of this. What really intrigues me is the Ramadan reference. What exactly is the negative significance of an EDL march taking place shortly after Ramadan. If the EDL gave a shit about upsetting Muslim sensibilities they might hold off during Ramadan. Who knows? Perhaps they have; I'm not privy to Tommy's councils of war. (Oh no, Tommy isn't allowed to get involved because of his bail conditions, is he?)
But shortly after? What's the problem? Are we concerned that the local Yoof will be extra tetchy because they've not been eating properly?
And what, Bismillah, is all this stuff about the anniversary of the Second War? Lutfur's not planning to invade Poland next, is he? Bloody Hell!
Ah, the sound of desperate scraping in an empty barrel. Not quite as desperate as this gem from earlier this year, though,
The BNP’s Perth event [to launch its manifesto for the Scottish assembly elections] was not widely reported in the media, but it did not go unnoticed by active trade union member David McPhee.
Translation: Desperate reporter voxpops random bloke in pub; uses as hook for political commentary dressed up as news.
That piece deserves some sort of prize for ingenuity. Reminds me of an art class at school, where we were each required to draw a single standing figure, the individual drawings to be subsequently lined up to form a picture of a bus queue. To minimize effort, I drew a man who was susbtantially hidden behind the open broadsheet newspaper he was reading. The teacher was torn between giving me a prize or a bollocking.