Pegida UK, aka EDL MkII, is the new vehicle for Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, aka Tommy Robinson, and it continues to sow confusion and chaos.
Having announced and lost its first leader, Timothy Scott, within an amusing 48 hours, Lennon then installed former British Freedom Party ally and notorious racist incompetent, Paul Weston to the top job. At the same time Ann Marie-Waters, former UKIP parliamentary candidate, was recruited to the board- presumably based upon an impressive CV which includes devising a swiftly cancelled cartoon contest which brought further mockery and derision upon the self-appointed slayers of jihadism.
This frenetic if fruitless activity preceded the new Pegida’s big announcement, its first get together. This, Lennon pronounced, will take place on February 6th in Birmingham in the form of a “silent march.”
But will it? Firstly, there’s a touch of the budget airlines about the protest’s location being named as Birmingham. If you were thinking Broad Street or the Bullring, think again. Lennon’s chosen location borders the NEC, a relatively desolate and isolated area best known for its excellent transport links. Some 12 miles from New Street, it affords stunning views of the M42.