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Tommy Robinson Exits the Field

Activist’s defection an ominous foreshadowing of the end of British resistance to jihad.

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Janice Fiamengo

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October 12, 2013 - 12:06 am
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The glee is palpable in mainstream news reports over Tommy Robinson’s defection, along with co-founder Kevin Carroll and twelve other senior members, from the English Defence League, the organization he created to combat the Islamization of Britain. Robinson had led the EDL from 2009, turning it into the voice of Middle England. Now he claims the organization has been infiltrated by neo-Nazis.

“EDL leader Tommy Robinson turns his back on his own party over ‘dangers of far-right extremism,’” trumpeted The Independent. BBC News reported that Robinson still aims to “counter Islamist ideology,” but “not with violence but with better, democratic ideas.” Sky News reported that “in order to solve what he sees as the problem of Islamist extremism in Britain, he needs to work with Muslims, not against them.” Home Affairs Select Committee chair Keith Vaz, a notable pro-Islam advocate and Labour MP, went on record that “any resignation from the EDL is welcome. Mr. Robinson and Mr. Carroll have previously engaged, promoted, and expounded extreme views. Leaving the organization is an acceptance that their opinions incite hatred and their previous actions have unnecessarily cost the taxpayer thousands of pounds.” The Tommy of the EDL would surely have been quick to point out that what incites hatred in England is Islamist violence and contempt for British institutions, not EDL resistance — but the Tommy Robinson who is now dissing his former organization hardly sounds like the person he once was.

Robinson didn’t quit the EDL in the way most politicians leave parties or organizations, citing personal reasons, overwork, or the desire to pursue other worthy initiatives. He could easily have done so. As someone who has become the public face of the EDL — unable to walk down the street without verbal harassment, arrested on numerous occasions on thin grounds, constantly defamed by Britain’s politically correct media, and the victim of death threats and threats against his family — he could legitimately have cited exhaustion and the need to rebuild his life.

Instead, though, he has made a devastating attack on the EDL, claiming that it has become “increasingly influenced by extreme elements that did not represent what he stood for.” His words confirm the charges of white-power fanaticism that critics have leveled at the EDL for years, and which Robinson always claimed to be vigorously combatting. His departure effectively cripples the organization, leaving thousands of non-fascist Britons who worked at his side without a viable base of anti-jihad activism, and with nothing more substantial for the future than the vague nostrum that securing Britain from extremists will require working with Muslims and that “from day one we’ve wanted to embrace everyone; all colours and creeds.”

Even more disturbing, perhaps, than Robinson’s denunciation of his former organization is his new alliance with the much-lauded Quilliam Foundation, a think tank that aims to “challenge extremism,” according to its sleek website, by targeting those social factors that lead to “radicalization.” In other words, this is an anti-extremist group that locates the source of extremism mainly in British society rather than in Islamic ideology. Quilliam, whose political affiliation is suggested by its friendly relations with the far-left anti-British Hope Not Hate group, is precisely the kind of organization — with its concern for “grievances felt every day by young Muslims” and its accommodationist stance on issues such as terrorist profiling that may “alienate and stigmatize” — about which the former Robinson would have been rightly suspicious. It is worth noting that Quilliam was named for William Abdullah Quilliam, a nineteenth-century British convert to Islam who dreamed, according to research by Andrew Bostom, of a pan-Islamic caliphate.

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Street confrontations was not the chosen tactics of the EDL.

Peaceful protest marches and gatherings were the modus operandi. A well established democratic activity.

The UAF and Muslims however liked to violently attack the EDL, and the police were largely complicit in this. The UAF is backed by prime Minister David Cameron (among many other big wigs) and David Cameron has never denounced the UAF for their violent radical street thuggery.

The EDL has a clear platform, as anybody who goes to their website can find out with a click.

There is a lot more going on than your simple misunderstanding.

In fact the EDL has been very successful at putting these issues on the agenda of the powers that be and the public at large. The sexual abuse of non-Muslims girls by Muslims being the most notable. This was being swept under the rug and ignored until the EDL made a huge stink about it.

Tommy Robinson has developed very good interview skills dealing with an extremely hostile MSM, and the GOP and conservatives could learn a thing or 2 from him in that regard.



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UKIP leader Nigal Farange recently came out for banning the veil, There is hope.
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Want an explanation? It is simple. They have been bought off. Middle East front groups have a lot of money. They entire upper class Britain has sold out the country for insider deals and special treatment by the Middle East Sheiks. Conservatism, even self preservation in Europe is doomed, as the Right is oh so sensitive of "extremists" in its midst. The Left has no such vapors, taking anyone willing to fight for victory and unconditional surrender of the opposition.
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There is still the UKIP. The UKIP doesn't have the same baggage as the EDL - who were first to challenge the labour party and denounce the islamization of Britain. The BBC went right for their throat and would try to show the EDL in the blackest light. The EDL would show up at a muslim protest (as counter protesters) and the police would harass and arrest them to the BBCs delight.

The media paid so much attention to the EDL that they let the UKIP slip under their radar. When they began gaining seats in Parliament the BBC woke up and began an ugly campaign against them - but it didn't work and now they have a significant presence to effect policy.
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most european countries have discovered that their alien imports have increased the muslim populations to the point that they are unable to take a stance on the islamic problems that are disrupting both internal and worldwide concerns .
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Tommy Robinson hasnt changed his mind, one bit. He is saying exactly the same thing he was saying in the EDL.
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The optics of appearing with Quilliam was disheartening, to put it mildly. But, Tommy has been talking in *code* on twitter saying people will be surprised how he "comes out on the other side". I'll be anxious to see how this comes out in the wash.
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UKIP leader Nigal Farange recently came out for banning the veil, There is hope.
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Tommy and Kevin Carroll both have Irish parents and never went to college. As such they are direct and openly speak about radical islam. The cowards who went to college learned early not to say such thins or suffer social isolation. Like good Irishman, they battled against the odds, but could only take so much.
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The U.K. has gone so far down the path of race-based political correctness and identity politics that you can simply stick a fork in it, because it is done.

The bright nation that once stunned a world with its art and innovations and its success at national competitions has declared itself a historic criminal and it will make amends by overseeing its own demise in favor of its former victims. The racial guilt Britain attaches to itself and the racial nobility it attaches to the Third World is palpable. They have become the anti-profiling profilers.

This U.K. could never win a war against Nazism; hell, they couldn't even duplicate their Falkland Islands operation today. Britain's addiction to racial identity as conveying nobility and guilt puts them firmly within the same sphere of thought as neo-Nazis, while ironically forever stopping them from seeing that truth. This is the face of "good" racism, where right and wrong reside literally in a face.

Racism has a white face, nobility has a non-white face: that is the U.K., and America, today. Buh-bye.

Eventually, maybe 50 or a hundred years, empire-building will emerge again in this world. Maybe another Greater East-Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere or in Africa. Who will stop them this time? Answer: no one.
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I find today's Britain to be eerily reminiscent of the post WWI Britain, which was controlled by Socialists suffering from victor's guilt, colonial guilt and delusions about worldwide disarmament. Having dismantled their empire and having lost their place as one of the world's premier military power Britain is now relegated to feeling guilt about being Britain. It's a sad state of affairs and it's making its way across the Atlantic.
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After WWII Britain allowed the marxists into their schools a full two decades before we did, so they started the indoctrination early on when they were weary from eight years of war and didn't have any fight left in them. It's the template our leftists have been following for the last 40 years when they gained control of our schools.

They gave citizenship to all their former colonies and all have integrated well in British society - except the Pakistani muslims. That's their cancer.

But they've taken that racism stuff to a weird new level. They jail people for calling Welsh, Irish, Scot, French or German's names. They call it racist and racism. In their comment section, when I point out that it can't be racism because they are all white you'd think I blasphemed the God they no longer believe in. They go NUTS! It's insane!
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I think it's too early to tell yet, although Robinson throwing in with Quilliam is indeed a bad sign. I believe Quilliam, for example, would consider Melanie Phillips an extremist and hater. I would consider THAT an extreme, antiliberal, and in fact fascist position. Ms. Phillips is a thoughtful commentator in the old-school "classical liberal" tradition, committed to freedom of thought and expression as well as to civility.

A problem with the EDL has always been that it can't shake the racialist tar of the British National Party element -- even with people of good will who are sympathetic to the EDL's concerns, and who acknowledged that it has plenty of non-racialist members. I'm not sure insisting on the EDL, as organized, was ever a sound strategy to begin with. There's room for recovering British political culture in a different way.
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Tommy seems to have been over his head with the EDL. The chosen tactics of his EDL, ie. street confrontations, naturally attracted the violent types who were not particularly selective in their threats and abuse. Politically, the EDL never had anything resembling a platform, with a set of goals and Tommy's personal beliefs were often at odds with the look and feel of his organization, and, sadly, often with his own rhetoric. He seemed out of his depth, his "anti-Islamism" crusade rendered ineffective by his lack of political smarts and absence of pursuit of concrete policy issues.
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Street confrontations was not the chosen tactics of the EDL.

Peaceful protest marches and gatherings were the modus operandi. A well established democratic activity.

The UAF and Muslims however liked to violently attack the EDL, and the police were largely complicit in this. The UAF is backed by prime Minister David Cameron (among many other big wigs) and David Cameron has never denounced the UAF for their violent radical street thuggery.

The EDL has a clear platform, as anybody who goes to their website can find out with a click.

There is a lot more going on than your simple misunderstanding.

In fact the EDL has been very successful at putting these issues on the agenda of the powers that be and the public at large. The sexual abuse of non-Muslims girls by Muslims being the most notable. This was being swept under the rug and ignored until the EDL made a huge stink about it.

Tommy Robinson has developed very good interview skills dealing with an extremely hostile MSM, and the GOP and conservatives could learn a thing or 2 from him in that regard.



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Everything you say is true. I have 1st cousins in England. Hindus have as much to lose from a Muslim takeover as anybody, yet offer no criticism of their fellow Bengalis. I think it has more to do with fear than ethnic affinity.
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I think the police were at their worst under labour in attacking the EDL. Brown certainly did his best to give a nod to violence against the EDL by muslims.
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Extreme from what? Radicalized from what? Everything is in the definition,but there is no dictionary being kept on the political economy. We stagger from one defeat to another, with the mainstream media, here the BBC, victorious.
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