A week is a long time in politics, and my recent piece stating that Tommy Robinson was to leave the EDL for British Freedom turned out to be incorrect. In fact, what was announced at today’s gathering of leading members of the EDL in Birmingham proved to be even more interesting than anticipated: the EDL is to lend its support to the British Freedom Party. This modus operandi is in line with what I recommended earlier this year, and should enable EDL supporters to gain an effective political voice. The British Freedom site reports that Robinson will not join the party for now, but may elect to do so in future. Moreover:
this is an opportunity for EDL members to move over to BF and for the first time provide input and promote theviews of the British working class within a British political party. The EDL will utilise their divisional structure to support British Freedom. This is important, because the working class have been betrayed by the Labour Party.
This last point is crucial, for the English working class have until now found themselves without a champion, as the Labour Party abandoned them many years ago in favour of promoting the interests of ethnic minorities and stigmatising many ordinary and rational concerns of working class people as ‘racist’, simply because they wished to protect their jobs and their right to affordable housing.
The EDL will be refocusing its efforts in the New Year, following a much more tightly targeted and focused political agenda. This new approach is to be welcomed, as it represents a constructive move by the group that is likely to yield dividends.