In the last few days Tommy Robinson has stated that he will join UKIP if he is permitted to do so. There is a ban on members and past members of the EDL and other groups from joining UKIP but Gerard Batten , UKIP’s leader , has indicated that this ban might be lifted in the case of Robinson. In a YouTube video Robinson challenged the UKIP NEC to permit the membership to vote on the issue. Since then that is what in fact has happened and the matter will be voted on by members of UKIP at their next annual conference in a few months time.
UKIP’s ban on members or past member of the EDL joining UKIP will remain in place but there is no ban on members of the labour party or members of Stand Up To Racist , Hope Not Hate and other such extreme and divisive groups. There is , in short , no UKIP ban when it comes to people who call black people , immigrants , white people , gays and anyone else who raises concerns about Islamic immigration scum. The fact that Robinson is willing , and seemingly anxious , to join UKIP in spite of this is not a good reflection on Robinson himself. Batten’s contempt for the EDL and Robinson is very clear in an interview between the two men which was posted on YouTube not long ago. In this interview Robinson asks Batten about the fact that he ( Robinson ) has been called racist and bigoted by senior figures within UKIP which Batten cynically dismisses as simply a manifestation of free speech within the party. Batten has only started speaking out about Islam since Anne Marie Waters , herself an ex UKIP member and an outspoken critic of Islam , started her own For Britain Movement party. Ironically Batten recently stated that while members of For Britain were welcome to join UKIP Waters herself was not.
The EDL is not and never has been a racist organisation. It has had , and still has , more than its fair share of blacks , gays , jews and immigrants within its ranks. It is however , in spite of this , despised and condemned as racist , bigoted and far right. The fact that it is a movement whose membership is made up , in large part , of people from very deprived communities and sometimes dysfunctional families and backgrounds means that they are fair game for every bigot and anti white , anti working class hate filled individual who wants to vent his or her hatred in a society where it no longer acceptable to abuse marginalized people as it once might have been. There is a huge class element to all this…….’ unfortunately many working class people are themselves more than happy to vilify these people in the most ignorant and hateful language.. You can , and people do , call members of the EDL names that if addressed towards anyone else would certainly lead to a criminal conviction on the grounds of hate speech. The fact that UKIP has singled out these most vulnerable of people is unforgivable and should leave no doubts in the minds of reasonable people as to the true nature of this political party but in spite of this huge numbers of mostly working class people are taken in and are joining UKIP. There is an excellent speech by Anne Marie Waters during which she is asked about Batten’s sudden interest in the Islam question which I would recommend everyone to watch.
It is possible , some would argue even likely , that the membership of UKIP will reject any application for membership made by Robinson and from UKIP’s point of view it is far from obvious that it would be a good move on their part to grant him that membership. It could , in fact , be the final nail in the coffin for UKIP. Either way it is sure to damage Robinson’s reputation and standing as a working class hero and divide the working class / democratic / nationalist vote and the broader anti -multiculturalism movement. Yes , we are living in interesting times – and thttps://wordpress.com/post/forbritainforum.com/165e hey are becoming more interestinger and interestinger by the minute……………….
since posting this Robinson’s application has been denied…………..https://wordpress.com/post/forbritainforum.com/165