EDL announce support for UKIP

The leader of the English Defence League has announced support for UKIP, urged “nationalist” parties such as the BNP not to stand against them and have started to promoting Nigel Farage videos and events on their Facebook page.

Talking to the Backbencher blog, convicted violent thug Stephen Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) said of UKIP:

“they are saying exactly what we say, just in a different way – do you know what I mean?”

The remarks followed a statement issued by the EDL urging racist far-right parties not to stand against UKIP:

“all nationalist [far right] parties should stand aside in areas that UKIP have a good chance of winning. Lets not split their vote. We might take a couple or a few hundred votes of them, we don’t come no where and we’ve cost UKIP the win because they come 50,60 votes behind Labour.”

The EDL have now started promoting Nigel Farage on their Facebook page:

EDL promote UKIP on Facebook

As Hope Not Hate’s Matthew Collins observes, Lennon/Robinson foaming over immigration is not without irony given his own conviction for immigration offences.

He’s only just been released from prison for using someone else’s passport to travel to the US.

  1. Alam Pietroson says:

    From UKIP constitution:

    “Membership is not available to anyone who is or has previously been a member of the British National Party, National Front, British Freedom Party, British People’s Party, English Defence League, Britain First or the UK First Party. Any applications made from people who are or have been members of these organisations will be refused”

  2. I hope you don’t think that the Backbencher blog is “of UKIP”. That is certainly not true. I’d suggest you alter that.

  3. @Alam Pietroson: So what if UKIP have banned the far-right? The reason that such a clause is necessary is that the policies and rhetoric of the party (e.g. on Muslims) are attractive to supporters of the BNP, EDL etc.

    @Milton: No, we meant that “Lennon commented of UKIP”. But we’ve re-worded to make that clearer. Thanks.

  4. @Alam Pietroson

    And if you think that means they’re going to check up on every single application for membership then you’re sadly deluded as to how these things work.

  5. So… since most of the BNP vote in 2010 came ex Labour ‘white working class’ and since the collapse of the BNP, most have gone back to Labour. Why aren’t you trying to claim that BNP and Labour are the same?

    If Labour had any principles it would ban former BNP members from joining, it doesn’t!!!! So it must approve of BNP support. In fact you can actually be a bonafide Nazi and re-join the Labour Party with official approval (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/05/17/nazi-margaret-burke-milton-keynes-_n_1523990.html).

    UKIP ban all far right groups, publically denounce them, oppose them at the ballot box; and yet the Left still try and smear UKIP. Well perhaps Labour should put its own house in order first!

  6. I am not and never have been a member or supporter of the EDL nor even looked at what they stand for, but the excesses of the headline caused me to look at their website. There I find they state that they are not racist. Therefore you are guilty of telling lies in order to besmirch both the EDL and, by association, UKIP.

    The only conclusion that can be drawn is that you are working for one of the LibLabCon parties and scared of UKIP’s increasing following. Because you cannot defeat UKIP, and other none LibLabCon parties, with the truth you have to resort to lies.

    Truly the actions of the main three parties in trying to cling to power are pathetic.

  7. The reason the edl support ukip is that they are both cut from the same bigotted cloth – no amount of clauses in their constitution will hide the plain fact that they hate people who are different. ukip ran on a “ban the burkha” platform at the last GE and this alone illustrates their bigotry. truly, they are cranks, fruitcakes and closet racists. This just confirms it.

  8. @Moorty – I think your comment is possibly the most ill-though-out thing I’ve ever seen on the internet.
    If you read the article you linked to it is claiming (possibly quite correctly) that ex-labour voters moved to the BNP precisely because they did not like Labour’s position on immigration. Ie they wanted the opposite of what Labour offered. Could hardly be more different to two parties endorsing each other!
    Even if they could (in case you’re not sure, they can’t) Labour are hardly going to ban people from voting for them if they have previously voted for other parties. Unlike UKIP, the question of whether their members have previously been BNP activists is so marginal that they don’t need to start making policies on it.

  9. deckerdudeX304 says:

    Well said Brimstone.
    About time we all stood up and told it like it is with the (not so) big three.

  10. A number of previously out and proud EDL supporters/activist running for council in my county on UKIP ticket.
    Most have cleaned up/deleted their social networks but google search still shows some of the vile rants.
    Surprised if UKIP unaware. Interesting to see what will happen if these people are voted in.

  11. Wolfie, I don’t think you’ve put forward any cogent arguments to support your claim that EDL and UKIP are ‘cut from the same cloth’. UKIP most certainly do not hate people who are different. Wanting to ban the Burka does not equate to hating anybody. Seeing how Islamic states treat their own people, Muslims, it seems to me reasonable in a civilized country to outlaw a symbol of their repressive ‘religion’. Smearing UKIP because some nasty people might support some of its policies is cheap and pointless. Lots of nasty people support various policies of both Conservative and Labour.

  12. Colin Howard says:

    Wolfie, I don’t think you’ve put forward any cogent arguments to support your claim that EDL and UKIP are ‘cut from the same cloth’. UKIP most certainly do not hate people who are different. Wanting to ban the Burka does not equate to hating anybody. Seeing how Islamic states treat their own people, Muslims, it seems to me reasonable in a civilized country to outlaw a symbol of their repressive ‘religion’. Smearing UKIP because some nasty people might support some of its policies is cheap and pointless. Lots of nasty people support various policies of both Conservative and Labour.

  13. Christophe Romanet says:

    Poor show for Britain, poorer show for England … eventually these idiots will be the filth being hosed off of the wall of a badly mad British b grade gangster fiilm

  14. Are all people in UKIP racist – no. Does a forum which views promote being less respectful and tolerant of other a bad thing – yes. Should we ban UKIP – no, but we should work out why UKIP is so attractive to so many people and see if its those things we need to challenge. Same is true with all political parties…

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