[Left: the assassination of Leon 'the Lion’ Trotsky, which the EDL celebrates every year. ‘Careful with that axe Eugene!’ Top: a student supporter of UAF/SWP, taken a couple of years ago. She’s probably left the UAF/SWP by now (if she's left uni) and working for her daddy’s firm. Either that or she’s so desperate that she’s become one of Martin ‘Quasimodo’ Smith’s groupies.]
The English Defence League is not the National Front or the BNP. The National Front was a racist and fascist organisation – more a less according to itself. The EDL is not a racist or fascist organisation. Indeed it is not really a political organisation at all. It is a single-issue group. That issue is Islamic extremism.
If members of the far left, Unite against Fascism and others think that the EDL is ‘really a fascist and racist group’, then what should we care what these people think about it? The fact is if in the EDL’s announcements, publicity, etc. it does not make fascist or racist comments, then who is the Socialist Workers Party/UAF alliance to tell us ‘what it really believes’?
There are extremist members of the UAF/SWP. The leader of the UAF, Martin Smith, was also the National Secretary of the SWP. The SWP, in its own words,
In any case, if the EDL does or did break the law, then the police can deal with it. Again, the UAF/SWP alliance is not a law-making or democratic body. So why should we even care what it thinks about the EDL?
Most, if not all, of the trouble at EDL demos has been a result of young Asian Muslims being led on and incited by the mainly middle-class leaders of the UAF/SWP alliance.
If this alliance wants to ban all groups which speak out against Islamic extremism, then why should other people pander to their red-fascist demands?
One councillor, Councillor Khan, at the first Birmingham EDL demo (July 4th, 2009), said that that there wasn’t any trouble because ‘there were no rival protests to provoke trouble’. That says it all. A Muslim councillor speaking out against the UAF/SWP alliance and thus highlighting that alliance’s own hidden and real agenda of trouble, fascistic bans and revolutionary political change.