For a lesson in propaganda and biased news reporting, let’s take a look at the following from the Daily Mail… (All comments in brackets are mine.)
Theresa May ambushed at constituency meeting by head of English Defence League
By James Slack
(The use of “ambushed” in the headline is designed to make it seem like Mr Robinson hid behind a bush and leapt out on her.)
Theresa May was last night dramatically ambushed at a constituency meeting by the head of the far-right English Defence League.
(He has no evidence that the EDL are a “far right” group and in fact they go out of their way to encourage membership from all sections of the community. I myself have marched alongside black and Asian members who are just as worried about the creeping takeover by Islam and sharia law as I am).
The Home Secretary fears the group – whose marches she has banned in the past – will now seek to exploit the face-to-face confrontation for a propaganda coup.
(Propaganda, Mr Slack, you would never stoop to such a thing, of course, being an – excuse me while I laugh out loud – “unbiased” news reporter.)
The self-proclaimed head of the EDL, who normally gives his name as ‘Tommy Robinson’, managed to by-pass security checks by posing as the companion of one of Mrs May’s constituents.
(“Self-proclaimed leader” is to make you think 1. Tommy has delusions of grandeur and 2. He snatched the leadership like some kind of dictator, when he is actually leader because he was instrumental in forming the group.)
He then began haranguing the Home Secretary about why the EDL – whose demonstrations have been marred by violence – was treated differently to other groups.
(The use of “haranguing” is to make it sound as though poor shrinking violet Theresa May was being bullied, though she is battle-hardened by the howling abuse she has often received in the house and at union meetings. Hide of a Rhinocerous, in fact. EDL demonstrations have sometimes been marred by violence, but that violence has almost always been due to attacks by counter demonstrators like the UAF who come out to deliberately inflame the situation. I have witnessed this personally on a number of occasions and even on a St George’s day family parade, which was nothing to do with the EDL, they showed up and threw bottles and eggs at us despite children and toddlers in prams being among our number and got so unruly they even knocked over a police horse. I might add, if you look at the arrest sheets, you will find few EDL members have been arrested, whereas many UAF members have had their collars felt due to violent conduct.)
Mrs May says she walked away from the exchange in Maidenhead Town Hall – which comes ahead of a planned local march in the town by the EDL today.
Normally, the leader of a known extremist organisation would have no chance of getting near to the Home Secretary.
(“Extremist organisation” – what exactly is extreme about protesting against the takeover by sharia law, a misogynist, homophobic, hateful ideology that currently has one hundred courts openly operating in this country outside of the British judicial system. If that is extreme, then give me a T-shirt saying extremist and I’ll damned well wear it.)
She told the Mail: ‘My concern now is that he will try to make something of it, which he should not do. He did not have a meeting with me – I was completely door stepped. I did not even recognise him.
‘This is a group whose purpose is to divide and to encourage hatred in our society and I condemn them for that.’
(No, this is a group whose purpose is to protect the British way of life and culture. They are affiliated with other groups such as Sikhs Against Sharia and also Jewish organisations. Is Ms May, therefore, also accusing these groups of encouraging hatred, when in reality all the hatred is being directed against them by Islamic organisations?)
One concern is the group may claim to have formally met Mrs May, in a bid to gain some political legitimacy.
Normally, the Home Secretary’s meetings would be closely vetted – reflecting the fact she is not only a Cabinet minister, but in charge of national security.
(She’s in charge of national security, but is incapable of keeping one ordinary bloke out of her meetings? Oh, come on, how safe do you feel with her in charge?)
But MPs, under long-standing convention, agree to sit down with any constituents who have concerns in open meetings, normally held in public buildings.
Mrs May had an appointment with a man who was complaining about his treatment by the police. Constituents will often be joined by a family member or friend.
When the man sat down, his colleague said to Mrs May: Do you know who I am? I’m the head of the English Defence League’.
He then began complaining about how the EDL had been treated, saying it was different to Muslim groups, and demanding an appointment of his own. She refused.
(She refused to give him a fair hearing. How very democratic of her.)
Mrs May recently accepted Leicester City Council’s application to ban a planned EDL march in the city. The EDL responded by holding a static demonstration numbering 1,000.
The Unite Against Fascism (UAF) group staged a counter-protest numbering 700. One police officer was taken to hospital with a leg injury and two protesters were treated by paramedics for minor injuries.
(Leg injury caused by the UAF not the EDL, just to clear that up for you.).
The English Defence League (EDL) formed in the wake of a demo by a small group of Muslims at a Luton homecoming parade in March 2009.
(“A small group of Muslims” is to downplay the fact that they were spitting at returning troops and screaming at them that they were murderers and baby killers. This is attempting to make it look like the EDL response is disproportionate, but since then many Islamic demos have taken place and their rhetoric is all about hatred, murder, homophobia, anti-Semitism and calls for America and Israel to be nuked. Number of those people arrested, zero, plainly demostrating they are subject to a different set of rules. In a recent survey, 40% of Muslim students said they want sharia law in this country and believe it is right to kill in the name of Islam, so “a small group” is to seriously downplay a major threat to our way of life and safety. Let’s hope Mr Slack and his family don’t get blown to bits by a “small group”.)
Since then they have protested all over the UK against ‘radical Islam’. In recent months, there have been suggestions the group could become a political party.
Opponents accuse the group of seeking to spread a message of hatred. There have been claims the group is made up of a number of football hooligans.
(Yeah, let’s describe them as “football hooligans”, that’s always a good way to fire up the average Daily Mail reader. I march with the EDL. I have never been to a football match in my life, not had a fight since I was thirteen, never driven a car – let alone a Cortina – have a university degree, an IQ that would no doubt make Mr Slack look dumb by comparison, and I fully support what the EDL are attempting to do. You are at liberty not to like them, but ask yourself this: who else is standing up for British culture instead of denigrating it at every opportunity?)
Leader Tommy Robinson – whose name is an alias – claimed: ‘The British people want to have their voices heard. A resistance to Islamification was always going to happen.’
(Only an “alias” in as much as he was attempting to protect his family and having had death threats made even against his children and a number of attempted attacks by radicals to the point where he is forced to wear a stab proof vest, I think he had every bloody right to.)
A number of anti-fascist groups have attempted to unmask his real identity. The EDL has denied a string of names.
(Again, if your family was being threatened with murder, wouldn’t you use a different name to try and protect them? Or is there something sneaky and underhand about wanting to ensure the safety of your children? The sins of the father shouldn’t be visited on the children, after all, whether you agree with him or not.)
MPs surgeries have in the past been the scene of heated clashes and even violence.
Last year, Roshonara Choudhary stabbed Labour minister Stephen Timms seriously wounded the Labour MP Stephen Timms.
Inspired by terrorist websites, she lunged at him and stabbed him twice before being restrained by a security guard and arrested.
(See how he briefly mentions the fact that this MP was stabbed by a follower of Islam, yet fails to employ the same level of condemnation as that being directed at Tommy Robinson and the EDL – who have stabbed no one and who are not calling for wholesale murder, unlike the Muslim organisations they are protesting against.)
(Finally, Ms May has just announced measures to combat radical Islam and part of that is her assertion that university professors, doctors, etc, should report any suspicions they may have over the radicalisation of Muslims, or of any they believe may present a current threat. Oh dear, does this now mean that Theresa May is guilty of encouraging division and hatred within our society, the very thing which she above condemns Tommy Robinson for? Talk about hypocrisy and double-think. The EDL march against radical Islam and they are accused of hatemongering, she brings in measures that will affect all Muslims – radical or otherwise – and she is doing it to protect us. Two-faced bitch doesn’t even begin to cover it. As for the author of this article, he should change his name from Slack to lackey or possibly mouthpiece. I trained as a journalist, by the way, and it was the likes of Slack and the lack of interest in truth that made me decide against pursuing a career in the media. Never could lie worth a damn and I may be broke, but at least I have integrity, which I doubt most journalists can even spell.)