With hundreds of vigilantes mobilising to protect their neighbourhoods from rioting in recent days, broader questions have begun to emerge about the political character of certain “fightback” groups.
Last night, residents of Eltham were forced to deal with hundreds of drunk English Defence League activists, who threw bottles at police while chanting “We love you England”, while the British National Party have jumped on the riots as a chance to peddle their racist agenda, printing leaflets which talk of a “Black Blitz”.
Now, the founder of a popular anti-riot Facebook group, which has received almost a million “likes” in recent days and has even been mentioned by David Cameron, has been been outed as a hardcore racist after making a series of sickening comments on Twitter.
Sean Boscott originally used the “Supporting the Met Police” group to encourage people to follow him on Twitter for his “foul jokes”. But his description of rioters as “these animals” may be have far more sinister undertones than many realise.
Here’s a selection of his tweets (with more here):
Namechecking the Facebook page this week, David Cameron said:
“We have seen the worst of Britain but also the best of Britain with millions of people who have signed up on Facebook to support the police”
A pity that the founder belongs in the “worst of Britain” category.