(Or why not buy the Daily Star - no we have an ally in Media World -
Tommy Robinson, says he is under round-the-clock police protection.
We told yesterday how the EDL, the group behind Saturday’s Luton march, wants to be taken seriously, like the British National Party, by fielding candidates in local and general elections.
Our coverage has sparked a huge nationwide debate, with critics rubbishing the EDL as racist thugs and supporters claiming they are raising legitimate concerns among British people.
Britain’s three main political parties yesterday called on voters to turn their backs on the group.
But Mr Robinson, 28, real name Stephen Lennon, who has 75,000 Facebook backers, said: “I think we would get millions of votes.
“The main political parties are so out of touch with working-class people.
“They keep saying Islam is a religion of peace, but it’s not.
“All we see is raging wars. Our last four demos have been peaceful. We are a legitimate organisation.
“We are not driven by hate, it’s the Left who have got us into this mess.
“Labour have destroyed this country and we want our rights back for British people. We have done all this in just two years without any funding or marketing.
“We have really struck a chord with the working classes that the three main parties have failed to do.”
We asked in yesterday’s voteline if you would back the EDL and 99% of you said you would.
Tory MP Kris Hopkins, who chairs Parliament’s all-party Islamophobia group, said: “We must not allow the EDL to promote hatred in this country.”
Labour’s Shadow Communities Secretary Caroline Flint said: “The overwhelming majority of people in this country find the English Defence League’s extremist views absolutely disgusting.”
And the Liberal Democrats’ President Tim Farron said: “I trust the British people to see them for what they are and reject them at the ballot box.”
The Daily Star asked voters up and down the UK how much support the EDL is likely to get if it becomes a political party.
LET THEM STAND: In favour of the EDL are Yvonne Bailey, Sarah Needham and Mike Trevor.
Carpenter Neil White, 54, from Southampton: “The EDL should be allowed to stand because we have too many foreigners in the country.”
Newcastle student Sarah Needham, 21: “I have no problem with the EDL becoming a political party and expressing their beliefs as long as they do it in a peaceful way.”
Retired Mike Trevor, 63, from Newcastle: “I agree with the EDL that Islam is not compatible with the UK way of life.”
Retired Yvonne Bailey, 73, from Bitterne, Hants, said: “We live in a free country and a lot of MPs are crooked so why not let the EDL have a go?”
Manchester student Eleanor Ashworth, 27: “They are borderline racist so I would never consider them.”
Ben Goodge, 22, of Chester, who is training to become a marine: “The bottom line is the EDL are quite racist.”
Southampton student Terad Alsahhaf, 21: “I am a Muslim and the EDL are disgusting. They want to paint all Muslims with an extremist brush.”
Student Georgina Smith, 18, from Marchwood, Hants: “It would be very embarrassing for the country if the EDL was allowed to run for Parliament.”