Here's also some bits that didn't make it too the programme.
If the intent was somehow or other to try and equivocate the EDL with Islamic extremism, then it was a massive fail, people are not stupid, the know the EDL don't blow up buses and tubes, don't nail bomb cafés and don't burn poppies on Remembrance day or call our soldiers murderers and rapists.
If the intent was to somehow put people off the EDL then it was also a massive failure, I moderate the EDL forum, I can tell you that the membership increased from the airing of the programme by (at least) 20,000 not counting the interest shown on facebook, so again another massive fail.
The UAF have also realised this and have bitterly whinged about the programme makers
Again though the UAF have so diluted the language that racist and fascist these days are just insults without meaning any more, the EDL are not racist (Islam is a religion) and not fascist as they are not a political party and have attracted members from all over the political spectrum from left and right, in a sense they are apolitical.Channel 4′s Proud and Prejudiced documentary, shown on Monday 27 February, was an irresponsible piece of programme0-making that has handed a boost to the English Defence League, UAF believes.It was clear before the broadcast that the EDL saw this high-profile TV coverage as an opportunity to recruit and raise funds for its organisation of racist and fascist street thugs.
This is the same UAF who just elected, as its Vice Chair, the Islamic Forum Europe’s Azad Ali.
Just to recap:
- Azad Ali opposes democracy “if it means at the expense of not implementing the sharia”
- Azad Ali sued the Daily Mail for suggesting that comments on his blog showed that he was “a hardline Islamic extremist who supports the killing of British and American soldiers in Iraq by fellow Muslims as justified”. He lost.
- Azad Ali used to attend talks by the spiritual leader of Al Qaeda in Europe: Abu Qatada.
- Azad Ali wants Ismail Haniyeh – leader of the genocidal antisemitic terrorist organisation, Hamas – to be the Caliph of the next Caliphate.
- Azad Ali admired the Al Qaeda and recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki and had this to say about him on the Islamic Forum of Europe’s blog: “I really do love him for the sake of Allah, he has an uncanny way of explaining things to people which is endearing.”
- Azad Ali’s show on the Islam Channel was sanctioned by OFCOM for its failure to maintain due impartiality in its coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict, including in relation to comments on Mahmoud Abbas. That’s because he’s a Hamas supporter.
- When an undercover reporter for Dispatches exposed Azad Ali’s political views, he threatened them on his radio show, saying: “We’ve got a picture of you and a lot more than you thought we had. We’ve tracked you down to different places. And if people are gonna turn what I’ve just said into a threat, that’s their fault, innit?”
It will be interesting to see how the so called anti-fascists justify having a real fascist in a position of power, then again I doubt they'd notice, the hypocrisy of the left knows no bounds when it comes to having vipers in their midst.
So, in the end the EDL came rather well out of the programme much to the dismay of the powers that be and their footsoldiers in the UAF and the liberal left.
Seems the British people aren't so worried about the EDL as they are about whom the EDL oppose.