Saturday, November 09, 2013

Dissecting The #EDL - Anatomy Of A #Nazi Tweet ...

In constant battles (in person at demonstrations and on-line as well) I see drunken Nazi thugs masquerading as 'Patriots' under the guise of the #EDL. When they're not being #BNP or #UKIP, of course.

They tend to rant on Twitter and Facebook quite a lot, making bold statements with no evidence to back them up. About time we took a close look at one of their vile rants and blew it out of the water. Here's a typical example ...


So, lets do this.

"WE ARE BIGGER THAN ANYONE EVER IMAGINED"

No, you're not. I'm sorry to break it to you but Facebook 'likes' do not equate to membership. The EDL peaked in 2011 with about 1200 attending one demonstration, and since then it's been shrinking slowly.

"WE ARE FOCUSED ON WHAT WE WANT"

Nobody is really sure what you want. Your leadership states one set of aims - for public consumption, and the media - yet what the EDL are really about is determined by social media posts of their 'followers', full of hate for anyone who isn't white, British, Christian, heterosexual and right-wing. The posts are full of threatened violence towards anyone different. Perhaps that's what the poster means when he mentioned being 'Focused on what we want'.

"WE ARE THE BIGGEST STREET MOVEMENT THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER SEEN"

Clearly the poster doesn't know his history. Need I mention the Peasants Revolt, the Suffragettes, the Jarrow Marches, the CND Marches, and more recently, 500,000 at the Anti-War Demo, 450,000 at the TUC Anti-Austerity March , and just this week, several thousands in London for the Million Mask March, joining brethren around the world in more than 400 cities. That's a street movement. Sadly, fifty guys drinking Stella hanging around a car park does not quality.

"WE GROW EVERY DAY"

Nope. I refer you to my previous answer. Basic maths would suggest that 'growth' would entail an increase in numbers. Which are decreasing, each demonstration. Today, 150 patriots showed up at Shotton.

"WE DO NOT GIVE IN"

Well, your leader has. As will the next one. And shrinking numbers suggest that your tagline 'NFSE' - No Fucking Surrender Ever' doesn't quite hold true for most of your 'followers'.

"BECAUSE GOD IS ON OUR SIDE"

He most certainly is not. Most Christians oppose you, as do the Church, the Clergy, and all right-minded people. Actually, God really hates racists. He told me personally.

"IT'S NOT RACIST"

Yes. It is.

Now go away.