When links between the Norwegian gunman Anders Breivik and the English Defence League began to emerge last month, the group’s makeshift PR operation went into overdrive — leader Tommy Robinson (a.k.a. Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) went on Newsnight to “deny, deny, deny”, while members on Facebook peddled ridiculous conspiracy theories:
“Would a leftie Gov really cover up a muslim attack to fulfill their aims politically?”
(A Question To Which The Answer Is No if we ever heard one.)
But if the EDL is trying to hide its violent side, it’s doing a pretty poor job. Hope Not Hate has today published photographs which appear to show group members posing with an arsenal of weapons, including rifles, shotguns and submachine guns — no doubt some are replicas, but the message is pretty clear.
Evidence of “muslamic rayguns” has yet to emerge . . .