Supporters of the English Defence League have blamed the Norwegian government’s immigration policies for the attacks that killed at least 93 people, provoking outcry from anti-fascist campaigners who are calling for the EDL to be classified as an extremist group.
So, who is it who’s striking while the iron is hot?
Well, it’ll come as no surprise, frankly:
Nick Lowles, director of anti-extremist campaign group Hope Not Hate, said yesterday that the decision not to classify the EDL as an extremist right-wing group “severely limits the capacity of the police to gather intelligence on the EDL, its members and its activities”.
Really? I think all those football hooligans and environmentalists and UKUncut loons might take issue with that idea.
Or should we ignore them
the next time they whinge about excessive police surveillance, on the ground it can’t possibly be true, Nicky?
In response to the Norway attacks, the government has announced that the National Security Council, chaired by David Cameron, will meet today to discuss what lessons Britain can learn from the killings.
Since I rather doubt you’d get permission to own a Ruger Mini 14 semi-automatic rifle in order to go deer hunting, probably not a lot…
Luckily, some of our politicians have their heads screwed on:
When questioned yesterday on whether Britain had focused too much on Islamist terrorism and not enough on right-wing terrorism, the Foreign Secretary William Hague said al-Qa’ida inspired terrorism remained “the single biggest terrorist threat to the United Kingdom and our allies.”
Still, at least (unlike 9/11) no-one’s claiming that the Jews were really behind it all, are th…Oh. Crap
The media is scrambling to find ‘experts’ to fill news space. Some more successfully than others:
The problem is that much of the attention in the past has been devoted to the rise of radical Islam.
Errrr, well, yes. Understandably.
But this is not a new issue. Radical elements within the far right have been linked with terrorism since the end of the Second World War and through the past century. Perhaps we should we start learning something from European history.
Well, what a great idea! Clearly, you don’t know what. Or you’d have told us. So, where can we find one of these experts?
The author is a historian at Kingston University, London, and an expert on European fascism and neo-fascism.
Still, trust the ‘Guardian’ to get right out in front and finding someone who was a Facebook ‘friend’ of the killer! What a scoop!
I'm not saying it's wrong to have opinions about immigration, or to protest against the people who really do want Sweden to allow Muslims to have their own courts and laws. I don't think it's right that our borders should be wide open, without any controls – but I utterly reject these reactions. Hatred breeds nothing but hatred.
What about contempt? Is that safer than ‘hatred’? How about exasperation?
Please tell us, sweetie, what emotions are OK, in the eyes of the left? I can’t sleep until I know what I’m permitted to feel…
There are many people like me – Danes, Swedes, Norwegians, and other Europeans – who had this person as a friend on Facebook. I wonder how they feel now.
Probably feel they shouldn’t just accept everyone who issues a request. Or maybe they shouldn’t be hooked on social media to the extent of real, live friends. So, he’ll have done them a favour…
Everyone who is critical of aspects of our immigration policies must wake up and realise what their endless talk about dangers and hatred can lead to.
Really? It’s the fault of everyone concerned about multiculturalism, is it? Are you sure about that?
There are two things we learned on Friday afternoon. One: extremists are found in all groups, and all are at least as dangerous.
Hmmm, well, we’ll see. I think you’ll find the Islamist loons are well ahead, though.
Two: hatred breeds hate. Never help to spread it unless you are ready to take the consequences. Did anyone – even you people who hate me for everything else, and belong to the far right – did anyone, even you, really want something this terrible to happen?
Well, of course they did! They are ‘right wing’, and so responsible for every evil in the world. While the left are responsible only for kittens, puppydogs and rainbows.
Stalin, Lenin and Mao couldn’t be reached for comment…