Campaigners against the proposed English Defence League march in Bradford have called for “pride and optimism” to triumph over “violence, racism and division”. [This sounds like an advert from a producer of TV commercials. It is redolent with sales-speak. Aren’t the EDL also ‘proud’? Even Stalinists were proud of something.
The EDL does not want ‘violence, racism and division’. That’s what Islamic extremists actually want. Nothing will bring about more division than radical Islam. How do I know that? Because it already has done so and is still doing so today. Look at the 1,300 year history of expansionist and supremacist Islam. Look at the news today. Look at Afghanistan, the Sudan, Nigeria, Iran, Somalia, Darfur, Pakistan, etc. See any connection between all these countries and conflicts? Yes, you got it - militant Islam!
Bradford youth worker and playwright Richard Dunbar and other members of the Hope Not Hate group have collected hundreds of signatures backing a ban on the EDL march in Bradford. [Does the T & A know that the organisation Hope Not Hate is run by the Socialist Workers Party? More specifically, that Unite Against Fascism is run by Martin Smith, who sits on the Central Committee of the SWP and who is also its National Secretary? Or it OK to be an extremist – as long as you are a left-wing, not a right-wing, extremist? This man believes in violent revolution. His party would support Iran in a nuclear war against America and Israel, as well as against the UK. Really, Mark Meneaud should do some proper journalism and find out who he’s actually supporting… unless he knows already!
As for the Buttershaw ‘youth worker’. I know how Mark Meneaud’s mind has worked here. I know what’s on his mind. He thought to himself: Let’s prove that Hope Not Hate and the T & A campaign have the support of Bradford’s white working class as well. I know. Let’s go to Bradford’s second-largest and well-known estate, Buttershaw, and get some fool to support us. That way we can prove that not all our supporters are Islamists, students, left-liberals and far leftists.
Does Meneaud think Bradfordians are fools?
In any case, stressing this man’s ‘youth worker’ status is like stressing a cleaner’s status. ‘Youth club cleaner signs the T & A petition.’ Pathetic!]
The campaign, backed by the Telegraph & Argus, is seeking to stop the group from marching on August 28. [Why does the T & A keep using the word ‘stop’ when they really mean ‘ban’? The T & A wants to ban the EDL demo, not ‘stop’ or ‘halt’ it, as the T & A put it the other day.] A petition asking for the ban, which has collected more than 7,000 signatures, is set to be delivered to the Home Secretary, Theresa May.
Mr Dunbar, the nephew of Buttershaw playwright Andrea Dunbar, has been rallying support in Buttershaw and via scores of Facebook groups. [Yes! And the EDL is also big in Bradford. More specifically, the EDL is probably big in Buttershaw. Then again, Mr Dunbar and the T & A probably already know that. After all, the T & A got quite a shock when they received numerous pro-EDL comments after one of its anti-EDL articles. So much so that the T & A deleted many of them and then actually stopped the comments section when in full flow. Now the anti-EDL pieces in the T & A don’t have comments sections at all. I wonder why that is?]
Mr Dunbar said the ban was needed to ensure there was no possible repeat of the 2001 riots which devastated Bradford and caused a huge schism in relations between the city’s white and Muslim communities. [Doesn’t it say something about the Muslim community, not the EDL, that the T & A and Mr Dunbar are so afraid of Muslims rioting again? Instead of banning the EDL, why not ask yourself why Muslims riot so much, if they’re not doing so in Bradford, then they do it in Paris, or Islamabad, or Malmo.]
Mr Dunbar, who lives on Buttershaw estate, said: “Bradford has come a long way since the last time there was trouble ten years ago. [Bradford has gone nowhere since 2001. There may be many InterFaith meetings and Festivals of Embraced Diversity and Community Cohesion; but on the streets of Bradford these gimmicks and acts of massive fraudulence mean nothing.]
“In terms of different communities working together, there is a lot going on. There is Hope Not Hate, faith forums, schools linking projects and voluntary organisations working to promote harmony. [All gimmicks to foster the illusion that there really is Community Cohesion in Bradford. All ideological taps on the shoulder which tell us: Everything’s really OK. When in actual fact it is far from OK.]
“People in Bradford do want a peaceful community, and the EDL march will go against that. They are coming here to provoke violence and division that Bradford doesn’t need.
“The Home Secretary should sit up and listen to what the people of Bradford are saying.”
Mr Dunbar said that he understood people’s right to freedom of speech, but added: “The EDL are coming to cause trouble and be divisive, so how can that be about freedom?”
Lorraine Fitzsimmons, from Hope Not Hate, said the campaign to ban the EDL had already garnered huge support.
“We have had a really good response to the campaign from a really diverse set of people across Bradford,” she said. “I think that, for all its problems, people are proud of this city, and we need to keep that optimism.”