Britain First, the EDL, Pegida and the Home Office
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the English Defence League, that sad collection of middle-aged drunks and twenty-something football hooligans had finally given up the ghost, shuffled off this mortal coil and relegated itself to the fabled Wetherspoons in the Sky. It certainly looked that way. Ever since the sad racists of the EDL were so royally shafted by Fuhrer Tommy and his insignificant sidekick, Kev they seemed to be in their death throes. Pathetically, they retraced the steps of so many previous fascist organisations, eking out a last desperate moment or two of existence on their way to oblivion.
And then something truly unexpected happened. Not content with being manipulated out of their beer money the first time, the EDL’s ‘imbibing brethren’ seem to be regrouping for a second betrayal, this time under new leadership.
Paul Locke is the brethren’s Solihull Divisional leader and a very different beast from Tommy Robinson (AKA Steven Yaxley-Lennon). He’s articulate and intelligent for one thing. He’s still biased as Hell and he’s certainly not above twisting the truth for his own ends but he’s a rising star within the EDL and a much smarter leader than any of the UK’s far right groups have had for a very long time. That might be why the authorities are leaving Paul Golding alone. Not only is he thought by just about everyone with half a brain cell to be a Home Office informant, he’s also far less of a threat than Locke looks set to be. By letting Golding continue (as long as he keeps on grassing up Locke and his mates) the authorities achieve two things…
- The biggest threat is contained through Golding’s betrayal of confidence.
- The far right gets stuck with inept leadership from Golding and Fransen, making them far easier to deal with.
It seems likely that Tommy Robinson’s present legal difficulties will derail the (second) launch of Pegida UK and we don’t doubt that if there’s any dirt to be dished on Locke then Golding and his turncoat army will be breaking out the silver platter to deliver it very soon.
Here at EBF we understand the reasoning behind this sort of game-playing. Really we do – we get it. But can the government not do a bit more to rein in Britain First’s worst excesses while they’re at it? Having well-placed informants is one thing but the damage Britain First is causing is quite another. Come on Mr. Cameron… Golding and Fransen are your pets so it’s up to you to muzzle them.
And if it’s not possible to modify their divisive activities then we return to our original request…
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