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Exiting the Echo Chamber: Ivan Humble and Manwar Ali on Radio Suffolk

‘This country will be an Islamic state within 30 years’ says Barry from Felixstowe
Manwar Ali, a Suffolk Imam who runs the charity JIMAS, was a mujahedeen fighter in the 80s and 90s but is now trying to stop Muslims going to Syria or Iraq.
Ivan Humble used to be the Eastern regional organizer for the EDL, [...]

Tommy Robinson’s school visit cancelled

Since he left the EDL, Tommy Robinson’s approach and attitudes have shifted discernibly.  He draws attention to stories which present Muslims in a good light and, as far as I have noticed, consistently avoids the bigoted lows of his EDL career.  However there is still room for improvement. It is reasonable for him to draw [...]

Wrath of the Multiculturalists

This is a guest post by Jacobinism
On October 8, Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll, then-leaders of the English Defence League (EDL), announced that they were leaving the organisation they had founded to work with the Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism think-tank founded by former members of the radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir.
Anti-racist and self-styled anti-fascist organisations, [...]

Hype, Hyperrreality, Hyperbole

It seems we now live in a society where Tommy Robinson is regarded as the Messiah., according to Dr Chris Allen:-
Hyperreality is a term that has been used to characterise our inability to distinguish reality from fantasy. Those such as Jean Baudrillard have defined hyperreality as being a means of viewing ‘reality by proxy’, one [...]

Waiting for the Fascists

What a lot there has been about the turning of Tommy Robinson, once leader of the EDL.
I don’t want to make light of the fear the EDL inspired in Asian shopkeepers who were victims of their haphazard campaign against Islamic extremism, but I always thought they were a feeble lot compared to the real horrible [...]

Tommy Robinson – Actions and Words required

This is a cross-post from homo economicus by John Sargeant

“I have been considering this move for a long time because I recognise that, though street demonstrations have brought us to this point, they are no longer productive. I acknowledge the dangers of far-right extremism and the ongoing need to counter Islamist ideology not with violence [...]

Jon Snow and Tommy Robinson


Tommy Robinson quits EDL

Very interesting news just in from Quilliam.
Quilliam is proud to announce that Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll, the leaders of the anti-Islamist group, the English Defence League (EDL), have decided to leave the group. Having set up the EDL, infamous for its street protests, in 2009, they wish to exit this group, because they feel [...]

Arrests in Tower Hamlets

I think it was reasonable to place some restrictions on yesterday’s EDL march, preventing them from marching through the heart of Tower Hamlets, but I don’t agree with those calling for an outright ban on such demonstrations. The day ended with a number of arrests, including that of Tommy Robinson.  The Guardian report gives some [...]

Tommy Robinson screws up

The leader of the English Defence League has suffered a self-inflicted setback in his campaign for respectability.
Commenting on Twitter, “I hate Labour because of this”, Robinson linked to an article on a viciously antisemitic and anti-gay website (the EDL claims to be neither) that includes an extract from a newspaper piece on immigration, followed by [...]