Wednesday, 10 August 2011

EDL should postpone their march in Wellington

A couple of weeks ago the Shropshire Star published a letter of mine explaining why I think it is wrong to try and stop the English Defence League from marching in Wellington this weekend.

I still firmly believe in the EDL's right to peaceful protest and fundamentally disagree with those who are still calling for the protest to be banned.  However, in light of the recent civil unrest in London, Birmingham and other towns and cities not that far away from Telford, I believe the responsible thing to do would be for the EDL to postpone their march.

There is undoubtedly going to be trouble at the weekend in Wellington because Shropshire & Telford Trades Union Council have organised a counter-protest which will attract the left wing thugs from Unite Against Fascism  and the Socialist Workers Party who are responsible for starting most of the violence at EDL marches.  I am concerned that those with an even more violent disposition will use the trouble that will start at the EDL march to emulate the rioting and looting that's happening in London and Birmingham.

I have contacted the EDL through their website and urged them not to cancel but to postpone their march in light of the above.  I haven't had a response and I don't expect they will take any notice of me but nothing ventured nothing gained as they say.