Are the English Democrats the stupid party?
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 3 February 2013, 10:33
You really have to hand it to the English Democrats (ED), they really know how to destroy themselves. A couple of years ago ED leader Robin Tilbrook understandably took a decision to tack right in order to exploit the collapse of the British National Party. For a while it seemed to work, as dozens of BNP members, including some of their more able organisers, joined them.
But the problem for Tilbrook and the English Democrats they simply don’t know when to stop going rightwards. In their latest PR disaster, the ED’s are forming an alliance with the political nutters at Britain First and the thugs of the English Defence League to form a street gang called the English National Resistance, which leading member Steve Uncles calls “an exciting new dawn for patriotic politics.”
He could have also used the phrase ‘another nail in the coffin’ for the English Democrats but who is arguing over small phrases when the sentiment is the same.
Tilbrook was buoyed up by our Fear and HOPE report, published in 2011, which highlighted the potential for a more mainstream right wing nationalist party. Tilbrook took that as a sign that the party had the potential to become a political force.
However, he seems to have forgotten the qualifying part of this and other data. However much the British public might agree with an anti-immigrant nationalist message much of this support will quickly evaporate if the party is linked to violence and thuggery. And that is precisely what is happening to the English Democrats.
By linking up with Britain First and remnants of the collapsing EDL, the English Democrats are wrapping a scarf of violence and political extremism around their necks. In addition, many of their leading activists, including organisers, are regularly issuing threats on twitter to political opponents. Not the sort of behaviour that the public will expect or like from a normal political party.
I have always said that the English Democrats is not a traditional far right party and it is nothing like the BNP. However, in its bid for political growth – and perhaps relevance – it is aligning itself more and more with the far right and as a result is increasingly becoming a target for HOPE not hate. Tilbrook and other in the English Democrats will bitterly complain at this assessment but they only have themselves to blame.
Posted: 3 Feb 2013 | There are 2 comments
Comment 1 | From: Philip R Hosking | Date: 3 February 2013, 13:28
You could also have mentioned the English Democrats electoral alliance with the now defunct white supremacist England First Party. On the OpenDemocracy blog one can find an article from an embittered English nationalist complaining about this sordid alliance: http://www.opendemocracy.net/blog/ourkingdom-theme/gareth-young/2009/05/16/english-nationalism-vs-british-nationalism
Comment 2 | From: B31 Antifascist | Date: 4 February 2013, 07:01
Philip - the issue of English vs British nationalism will remain unsolved for infinity in the eschelons of the fascist right here. It's what divides them, however all factions really mean Aryan/white nationalism rather that English or British as both of those 'countries', one a sovereign state and one a former sovereign state are multicultural and free in our times, if not equal.
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