Many of these were the people whose interests it claimed to be defending.
In the lead-up to the referendum vote, the “Remain” camp spread exaggerated claims about what our leaving the EU would mean. Because these claims came from prominent people, they were believed.
But it was all politics: grandstanding and scaremongering.
And now many of the same are gloating “I told you so”.
Abuse – We have heard of a few idiots abusing people who look – to them – to be un-English. These few idiots are also usually bullies, occasionally in groups abusing lone women in hijabs. We, the EDL, have no truck with abuse and bullying. If this bullying amounts to a criminal offence, you won’t find us supporting the bullies at their trials.
We have no argument with individual Muslims – but we do object to the behaviour and actions of certain Muslims (often their behaviour and actions are detailed in English courts).
We do have an argument with Islam, particularly its imperialistic, arrogant expansion into England and English society – what we call Islamisation. We will stand up to that.
But we won’t be bullying or abusing individual Muslims merely because they are Muslim and particularly when they are vulnerable. If you want to know what serious bullying and abuse looks like, read the reports of grooming gang trials, like this one from Oxford last week:
Fears of being unwelcome – We have heard of people from Europe who have married here to English spouses who are now worried about their futures. Project Fear had led them to believe they will be deported. Some now express the feeling that they “are not welcome” any more. RIDICULOUS! People who are here legally have no reason to fear anything. The EDL and all the “Leave” voters we know are law-abiding and support legal and controlled immigration.
For many, acquiring British citizenship will be straightforward. For others (well into the future, years away), they will be able to apply for visas if they wish. The few criminals will be weeded out in the visa process, but Britain won’t be cutting off its nose to spite its face.
Productive people who apply to enter and remain here under UK rules, and those who will contribute to this country in any number of ways will be welcome. If people “don’t feel welcome”, they will have to deal with their feelings and we hope the reality will quickly influence their feelings positively. It will be the responsibility of Theresa May’s government to reassure people without watering down the Brexit decision.
- We can’t speak for our government, but we must remember that our vote for Brexit was a vote for British independence and the autonomy of the British Parliament. After Brexit (likely in 2018 or 2019), whatever the future holds, it will be a future decided by the people we elect as MPs, not foreign rulers in the Council of the European Union or Brussels bureaucrats negotiating weak compromises that cave in to the EU’s most powerful members.
- The way things are shaping up, the sore losers from the referendum vote are going to continue stirring up unwarranted fears as the second phase of their Project Fear is stoked by anti-democratic forces, hard-left opportunists and gullible “victims”. Under it all, the divisive forces of Islamisation will seek to capitalise on these manufactured discontents to their own advantage.
The English Defence League will continue exposing and opposing Islam and all its evil deeds and consequences. There’s plenty of positive things for the millions of others who love this country to do too.