Bishop of Stepney condemns BNP linked ‘Christian Patrols’ in East End

Britain First member hands out leaflets in Brick Lane EXCLUSIVE: A group linked to the British National Party is holding “Christian Patrols” in the East End to defend what it calls British soil against Muslim extremists. Christian Patrol arrives in an armoured landrover The nationalist group Britain First drove into Brick Lane in two armoured … Continue reading

The repercussions of a ban on the EDL

Recently, I made the case yet again against using the state to fight fascism. One key point in this was that by calling on the state to stop a protest taking place because those marching are fascists you set a precedent for them to do so when those marching aren’t fascists. Thus, the only thing … Continue reading

Calling for state repression will not beat fascism

Today’s Daily Star carries the story that “The English Defence League will carry out a Norway-style massacre in Britain unless the Government cracks down on the racist organisation.” Aside from the irony of a paper which previously supported these fascists carrying this story, the idea that it offers is a dangerous one. The state’s “crack … Continue reading

Do not ask for the EDL to be Banned

Statement from Tower Hamlets ALARM on calls to ban the English Defence League from marching. Ban the EDL march. The current chant right now of the Left. They are insane. Some people are getting into the old rhetoric “We are proud of Tower Hamlets, a vibrant multiracial area, which has along and proud history of … Continue reading

The EDL to return to Tower Hamlets

The following post comes from the Tower Hamlets ALARM website. We repost it here because, though LiverAF doesn’t hold the explicitly anarchist position that ALARM do, we agree with the class-conscious approach to anti-fascism as a counter-point to apolitical and liberal anti-fascism. Last year a far right wing religious group was to hold a conference … Continue reading

Counter protest planned against far right group march

Community and faith groups are planning a counter protest after a far right group announced plans to march in Tower Hamlets.  UK-wide group Unite Against Fascism has called on people to protest – under the banner of the East End’s No Place for hate campaign – against the English Defence League’s plans to march through … Continue reading

Addressing the problem of the English Defence League

The debate continues about how to address the problem of the English Defence League (EDL). The only problem is that both sides of the debate are wrong. In yesteray’s Independent, Rob Williams said that “as reprehensible as the ideas the EDL/WDL are, they are not a serious threat to the social cohesion of the UK.” … Continue reading