In November 2016 a London television company approach the London EDL Division for a TV interview. We could not find anyone who was willing to do this and they did not want someone who was not from London. We offered to respond to questions in writing. Below are the questions they put to us in bold, followed by our answers.
20 November 2016
1. Why is it important to regulate immigration to the UK?
Regulating immigration in all countries is important. The people of the UK are not alone in wanting to make decisions regarding who enters the country and how many enter the country to live. There is nothing sinister about wanting control of immigration. It is common sense!
The British people, through their Parliamentarians, have the right to determine who enters the UK and the conditions under which they stay here.
2. What policies/methods would you suggest for implementing effective border control?
That is up to the politicians to delve into the detail. That is why they are there. We as EDL simply encourage them to come up with a plan that implements what must be possible in a way that is effective, efficient and humane.
3. What are the expectations that you have of migrants coming to live in London?
That they appreciate what a great opportunity they have to live in the one of the best countries in the world; that they get on with integration to our way of life and customs and mores. That they participate in the civil and political processes without undermining those processes like freedom of speech, assembly, the social equality of men and women, the rule of law, one law for all, democracy, etc.
4. What would you say have been the cultural impacts – both positive and negative – of immigration to the UK?
The positive impacts are all around us. People of different cultures and languages get on with their lives, working and contributing to social life in London.
The negative impacts include the lack of willingness to accept the laws and customs of this country and actively work to get rid of them and impose anti-democratic and anti-freedom measures to our communities.
Where a culture, religion or ideology begins to impose itself on the indigenous culture, this development needs to be recognised and discussed openly and honestly.
5. How has this manifested itself in London?
The clearest manifestation is what happened on 7 July 2005, the Islamic bombing of London Transport in which 52 people died and 700 were wounded. Anyone who does not see that event as an attack on everything that this country stands for is wilfully blind and ignorant.
Other Islamically-inspired terrorist have happened throughout the country and many others have been thwarted here in London.
So-called Sharia patrols are coming to the fore. Examples are the incidents in and around Whitechapel in January 2013 and in Leyton/Walthamstow December 2012, which are only well known because they resulted in convictions. Less well publicised incidents since no longer make the news, and are dismissed as merely ‘anecdotal.’
There are a number of Sharia courts known to be operating in London, in particular East London.
Prayers in public and semi-public spaces which block and disrupt normal business and life in the Capital; Examples being outside Westminster Abbey October 2012, in Parliament Square October last year, in Brune Street most Fridays,
Bigamy, Muslim men having more than one wife, with many of these ‘families’ being supported by the State;
The criminal conviction of Lutfar Rahman (sp?) and his political machine to use democracy to undermine democracy and free and fair elections;
Halal products, particularly food. There is enormous difficulty in some areas, Barking springs to mind, of getting non-halal meat, let alone decent pork products — although this problem, like many other points we raise, is not peculiar to London.
You can go to Hyde Park Speakers Corner any Sunday to hear Muslims promote the Sharia and recruit for a sharia-based way of life. The pure hatred of non-Muslims is preached there based on the example of Mohammed and the texts of the Quran.
6. How would you define British cultural values?
Traditional Western values as expressed in this country for over a thousand years, based on Judeo-Christian values and the values of the Enlightenment.
7. Do you think British culture and British cultural values are at risk of being undermined or opposed by people from different cultures living in London/the UK?
No absolutely not. We are not xenophobic or misanthropic. People from other cultures can decide (or not) to fit into the British way of doing things. If they leave behind those values which are not compatible with our values and decide to learn, appreciate and make those values part of their lives there is no problem. For people who decide not to do this then of course there is a conflict and clash. See point 5 above.
But of course the sheer numbers of immigrants confined to a small location would mean there is less of an incentive for the same to ‘leave behind those values which are not compatible with our values and decide to learn, appreciate and make those values part of their lives there is no problem.’
8. Conversely, can British culture be enriched or positively redefined by foreign cultural influences?
Of course, British culture can absorb all that is good from anywhere in the world and improve on it!
9. In what ways has Brexit been a catalyst for change in the UK?
The Brexit vote has revealed what the majority of people want in the UK. We are now responsible (or soon will be) for our own laws, borders, trade agreements, foreign policies, etc. again, as any sovereign nation should.
10. The Home Office revealed that in the month following the EU referendum there were nearly 5,500 racially or religiously motivated offences reported to the police. Why do you think this is? What solutions would you suggest?
We are not sure what you are asking here. More detail is required. You need to ask those who are committing these offences. We always work within the law and never advocate violence or criminal activity. Also we are aware that many reports of ‘offences’ can be based on people simply being upset by speech critical of Islam; and this is another case of abusing our freedoms to undermine our values. People criticise Christianity all the time without fear of prosecution. The law does not take an even-handed approach when Islam is the focus of attention. But Islam is a set of ideas and beliefs which, like any other set of beliefs, should be open to constant public critique, opinion and comment.
We also note that the main organisation making this claim is Tell MAMA which has been discredited, but people will still listen to them.
We do wonder though if the 5,500 racially or religiously motivated offences reported to the police include racially-motivated sexual abuse of non-Muslim White girls by Muslim/Asian men?
11. Who do you blame for the current socio-political issues surrounding increased immigration to the UK?
Can you be more clear? E.g. what ‘socio-political issues’ are you talking about?
12. Is there anything we haven’t mentioned that you would like to add?
Television producers often think that criticism of Islam can be conducted in a free and open manner like discussions on other religions. You should be aware that that is not the case.
Because of our views, EDL members are threatened by the ‘religion of peace’ people, their appeasers and collaborators. EDL people have been attacked, beaten up, lost their jobs and are in fear of losing their housing because of their association with and support of the EDL. Even our public demonstrations are used to target and attack individuals.
It is not a level playing field when discussing the threat of Islam in the UK. The threats are real and can be frightening.
For every brave person who is willing to stick their face in front of a camera and be critical of Islam there are a thousand who cannot take the risk but work in other ways. Maybe your project can give this angle a mention.
English Defence League, London Division