For the liberals out there, it’s hardly a trudge to hate on the English Defence League. Far from it; it’s an expected form of verbal diarrhoea, like the inevitable wait and wince after leaving a hand under the hot tap for too long. Take a look in the armoury – there’s a growing horde of rounds waiting to be fired off into no-man’s-land, especially since ‘our’ good ol’ defenders made it last year with a documentary as predictable as Cliff’s Christmas calendar… Oh, wait. There’s still time ‘til the festivities, and tidings can change.
Getting to the point, for some people taken in by the League’s noise it might be worth noting that they might not be all that they seem. Yet the BBC’s EDL Girls – Don’t Call Me Racist didn’t have to depict their truth as a parody of the very girls that the public had generally been tuned against through heavy reportage nine months prior; crudity that Kevin and Perry didn’t strive toward for the sake of redder blushes.In June 2013, the EDL marched. I saw them congregate around ‘Leeds War Memorial’, and as police presence deterred the public vanguard, the EDL rallied in cries of resistance. From amidst the single-minded whitewash, however, a spectrum of colour rose.
It’s not hard to catch the gist of the rainbow flag outside of its Gay Pride (or LGBT Pride, depending on your preference) context. It would sound sceptical not to recognise that Gilbert Baker’s 1978 symbol of equality has been breached by a colourful contradiction; the diverse rainbow appropriated by advocates of hypocrisy. Is it a far cry to suggest that this is nothing but a marketing ploy, one that’s cottoned on to the current relevance and popularity of sexual rights? Meanwhile, to be cynical is to be branded as prejudiced. How dare anyone question another’s declaration of identity? But you wouldn’t see EDL protesters wearing Che Guevara t-shirts. This could well be described as ‘homophobic blackmail’, as human will comes to a crossroad that confronts it both with McCarthyism and the dogma that ‘all are created equal, but some are more equal than others’.
All the more often, malignant intolerance is being publicised. It warrants thought that we all have it in us to be manipulated by our ‘inner mob’. To quote the folk band, Andrew Jackson Jihad: “there’s a bad man in everyone, No matter who we are, There’s a rapist and a Nazi living in our tiny hearts”. This story seems all too familiar at the moment. Take a look east – or turn on the television – and at some point thoughts will turn to Russia, a country so discontented by libertarianism, and those it deems to be ‘deviant’ citizens, that it looks to expand for what can only be more issues to magnify. Britain look to the discriminatory agenda of Russia with disgust, but perhaps it is with a fear of our own future.