As a politician might say; “Look, let`s be clear about this. We will no longer tolerate barely literate sub-humans coming to our lovely English town of Walsall intent on destroying our English way of life”. The EDL are coming to Walsall.
As perhaps half a dozen knuckle-dragging morons decide to occupy Leicester Street, other more sentient beings might consider how to react to a handful of Neanderthals howling incoherent hatred whilst communicating by head butting each other. It would be all too easy to simply ignore the English Defence League and dismiss their drunken yobbery as just another Saturday afternoon of fun and games in beautiful downtown Walsall. After all, a few more shouting drunks falling out of town centre pubs is hardly likely to shatter the peace and quiet of Walsall`s cafe society. However, even assuming that the majority of EDL members are currently boarding the Eurostar and heading for Poland after misreading the location of their demonstration on the dreadful Facebook, there comes a time when a stand has to be made.
The EDL are, like the BNP and the National Front, not only openly thick but also openly racist and, whisper the cliché, openly fascist. In 1936, the good people of the east end stopped Mosley`s blackshirts marching in the Battle of Cable Street. Interestingly, Sir Oswald Mosley almost beat Neville Chamberlain in Birmingham Ladywood during the 1924 election and stood successfully in Smethwick in the 1926 by election. Astonishingly, the founder and leading light of the British Union of Fascists represented and was a member of the Labour Party. Some years later, a few young men strapped themselves into Spitfires and Hurricanes and fought off the Luftwaffe. In 1978, 100,000 of us marched from Trafalgar Square to Victoria Park in Hackney for the first big gig organised by Rock Against Racism and the Anti-Nazi League. The sacrifice of Battle of Britain pilots cannot be compared to the few cuts and bruises picked up by the fists and feet of the National Front in the skirmishes in and around Brick Lane on that eventful day.
Now, as an older, wiser and much slower hippo, I will not be mixing it with the fascists tomorrow. Instead, I shall stand in peaceful silence outside the New Art Gallery to demonstrate my distain for this pond life who seek to disrupt the town I now call home. With 800 police on the streets, taxis suspended, bus routes altered, shops closed and churches, mosques, temples and gurdwaras holding prayer vigils, the implacable silence of opposition will suffice to show this scum that they are not welcome here. The leaders of our local political parties have issued a joint statement saying very much the same. It will be interesting to see if Mike Bird, Tim Oliver, Ian Shires and other Walsall councillors will join us at 11 o`clock in Gallery Square.
As for me, I shall walk down into town with my neighbours Mr Singh, Mr Mohamed and my mate Leroy from the next street. I will probably take my children. If that doesn`t scare off the EDL, nothing will.