Support for the EDL has nothing to do with the recent and forthcoming cuts. Support for the EDL pre-dated such things by almost a year. However, you can be sure that Blunkett will still analyse the rise of the EDL in similar socioeconomic terms - that is , in basically Marxist terms.
Why hasn't the rise of the EDL got even a teeny weeny bit to do with the rise of Islam, Islamism and the sharia-isation of our country? Hasn't it got at least something to do with 9/11, 7/7, Muslim gangs pimping and violence throughout the UK, etc? At least something? No. On this 'sophisticated' Marxist analysis, people join the EDL the day after they loose their jobs. Others join the EDL when they get into debt. If not that, then people support the EDL because they live in the North and resent all the money that's poured into London and the south east... So what about the thousands of EDL members in London and the south east? What do they resent - the posh boroughs in their own areas? And so on.
Of course socioeconomic factors do influence people's political affiliations and views - but not in that back-and-white and absolute way that Blunkett, the SWP, etc. suggest. Mind and ideas do run free of socioeconomic factors - even if not completely. Thus Blunkett doesn't even mention Islamism, terrorism, etc. a single time in this interview. He believes that the ideas and views of the EDL are mere epiphenomena of the 'socioeconomic base'. He will also believe, applying the same Marxist logic, that Islamism and Islamoterrorism too are epiphenomena of socioeconomic factors! Both the EDL and Muslims are denied any mental freedom from economic factors and thus end up being automated objects in a socioeconomic reality.
And why is the EDL's 'nationalism' described as 'virulent' by Blunkett? Simply because it is critical of Islam and Islamism? Or is nationalism by its nature virulent to Blunkett? In any case, I would use the word 'patriotic' for the EDL, not 'nationalist'. The EDL doesn't want a wholesale change of our society; just a strong stance on Islamism and equally strong position on the Marxist and PC-culture that have created so many problems in Britain today. EDL patriotism is a response to Marxists and PC-ers' attempts to destroy everything that is distinctly British and substitute them with their boring and deadly Marxist or PC alternatives - a job which is already under way and has been since the 1970s.
There is one thing that Blunkett does get right. Yes. The EDL is 'more of a threat than the BNP' (though I wouldn't use the word 'threat')! The EDL is going to be far more successful, politically, than the BNP precisely because the latter is racist whereas the EDL is not racist or fascist. That's what's made the big difference. The EDL is a non-racist and non-fascist alternative to the BNP. Blunkett and co. are shit-scared of that. You can feel the fear in their words. Think of Jon Cruddas's similar warnings about the EDL just the other day. These people are frightened of the EDL and the changes it will inevitably bring about in our country.
Former home secretary predicts draconian spending cuts could fracture unity and breed resentment of south of England
David Blunkett says a new form of English colonialism is emerging.
England faces the rise of virulent nationalism outside the south-east as a result of the government's draconian spending cuts, David Blunkett, the former home secretary, warned tonight.
Predicting that the English Defence League (EDL) was more of a threat than the British National party, he said a new form of English colonialism was emerging during a period when the fabric of society outside the south-east was threatened.
Plans to replace regional development agencies with 40 local enterprise partnerships (LEPs), and to withdraw funding from schemes designed to lessen the impact of immigration on public services, could fracture England's unity and breed resentment of the south of England, he said in a speech at Sheffield University.
Speaking to the Guardian, Blunkett added that the EDL, which has carried out a series of rallies this year, was trying to exploit the way in which Wales and Scotland received far more in government subsidies than regions such as Yorkshire.
In his speech at the centenary celebrations of Sheffield's Cambrian Society – which came before a speech tomorrow by the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, promoting economic development in the regions – Blunkett said the abolition of regional bodies will lead to the "Balkanisation" of England, and end the ability of regions outside London to fight global market forces.
He said: "Our civil society – the glue that holds us together and the driving force for being able to assist each other in times of need – will be unable to respond as the years go by.
"It is the fracturing, the tearing, of the social fabric that concerns me most. The fact that we are likely to see a disintegration of the acceptance of responsibility, of the obligations and duties we owe to each other.
"The denial that there is such a thing as regional identity pulls the centrifugal force of England into London and alienates those who are hardest hit by the cuts.
"London retains a development agency and demands more resources – and, in capital funding, gets it – as the scarce resources available are pulled like a magnet into the developments for and around the Olympic Games."
The government has spoken of a need to rebalance the economy, but Blunkett claimed the bodies capable of helping that process were being systematically shut.
He claimed many of the engines of regional growth were being dismantled. The business secretary, Vince Cable, confirmed this week that LEPs will have no independent funding. Blunkett told the Guardian: "It is a formula for disaster, a tearing of the social fabric and either a return to the riots of 1981, or the growth of rightwing English nationalism."
He said he was concerned that Labour had, with the exception of Tony Blair, not found a language to address the concerns and anti-statism of the English. He said: "Through the Midlands, the south, the east, and the south-west, the 'anti-state' nature of individualism and an innate conservatism is a powerful force. Outside the culturally diverse and cosmopolitan city of London, the south and east returned just 10 Labour MPs out of over 200 constituencies on 6 May this year."