Editorial:The working class rebels

Judging from the reactions of the press and politicians, one would think that it was the English Defence League that murdered the soldier Lee Rigby in broad daylight on May 22, as reported by our correspondent in London, Douglas Murray.

The killers were proud of their handicraft, one of them showing off his bloodied hands while quoting the Quran as justification for his crime.

That has not made the slightest impression on British mainstream media or the political class. The problem, as they see it, is not that the country has invited Muslims who repay its hospitality by throwing bombs, torching cars, plundering shops, mass raping minor girls, and cutting the throats of random infidels.

No, the real problem is that there are Englishmen who protest against these events and who turn against the ideology Islam invoked by the criminals.

Thus, the main enemy of the British establishment is not violent Muslims, but rather the English Defence League, which is persecuted by press, politicians and authorities in every possible way.

I got a clear impression of that, when during the fall of 2010 I visited England with the specific purpose of finding out who the EDL leaders were and what they stood for. From the Danish and international press, I had gotten the impression that they were a bunch of semi-fascist racists and soccer hooligans, whose only purpose was to cause trouble and assault blacks.

After spending several days with EDL leaders and being with them at meetings with the movements supporters, I had to revise that impression. I did not find even the slightest sign of racism which would also have been strange considering the fact the EDL rank and file consists of all manner of people.

There were blacks and whites, Englishmen, Irish (Catholics and Protestants), Hindus, Sikhs and Jews. Gays were welcomed, and had formed their own division in London.

Of the Sikhs, top EDL leader Tommy Robinson said that they were the most English of the English. Sikhs with their long beards and turbans were standing at the bar, engaged in friendly chat with English workers.

Nor did I hear anyone neither among leaders nor rank and file who incited to violence. To the contrary, I heard of many cases where Asians (meaning Muslims), anti-fascist left wing extremists and the police had assaulted the EDL demonstrations after which press and politicians had held the EDL responsible for the violence.

Another striking feature of the EDL was that leaders as well as ordinary activists were working class and behaved like working class meaning they stated their opinions without restraint, enjoyed their pints and harbored an ingrown (and justified) distrust of the elite that had brought insurmountable problems to their country. And who were now expected to keep quiet while their old quarters were taken over by strangers wishing them nothing good.

It was the same working class that formed the backbone of the British resistance against Nazism, when Winston Churchill was at the helm.

And today they seem to be the only group determined to defend democracy, freedom and equality.

Swedish

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