In the wake of last Saturday’s fiasco in Walthamstow, Paul Weston, the Chairman of British Freedom, has written the following letter to Prime Minister David Cameron.
Dear Prime Minister,
I find it very disturbing that as a founding signatory of Unite Against Fascism (UAF), you are effectively endorsing totalitarianism and violence.
As you may be aware, the UAF were involved in large scale violence last Saturday in Walthamstow. Their objective was to ensure that Freedom of Assembly and Freedom of Speech were denied to the English Defence League.
In a previous open letter to you — along with fellow Conservative MP Sir Peter Bottomley — I asked if you were aware the UAF had appointed as their Vice-Chair a Mr Azad Ali, a known al-Qaeda sympathiser and anti-Semite. You clearly felt this to be a matter of such little importance it did not warrant a reply.
No matter. I’m sure you have far more pressing matters of national importance to deal with than the trifling issue of Islamic supremacism, but could I ask that you watch the two videos embedded here? Having done so, perhaps you could answer the following questions:
- Do you think it is morally and politically acceptable for a British Prime Minister to publicly endorse the UAF, which as evidenced in the videos is both anti-democratic and violent?
- Whilst your views on the EDL are well known (you have called them “sick”) are you not horrified to see bricks, bottles and stones being thrown at a group of outnumbered people – including women – gathered together to exercise their democratic rights?
- You will notice the police are visibly shaken by the violence effectively carried out in your name. Were they under government orders to allow the situation to develop to the extent it became uncontrollable and therefore had to be closed down in the interests of public safety?
- You will also notice that not one of the people throwing potentially deadly projectiles was arrested. Why was this?
- Who gave the order that violent Muslims and Communists should be treated with kid-gloves?
- Were police commanders acting on their own initiative, or were they following government policy?
- Although the EDL refused to become involved in the violence initiated by the UAF, many were arrested on false grounds. Was this done in order that Freedom of Assembly becomes such a tortuous ordeal many people will simply give up?
- Do you consider the arrest policy to be within the law?
- If not, do you really think the police can behave unlawfully simply because they assume the working class men and women arrested are unlikely to have access to expensive barristers?
- Again, I imagine this is being carried in accordance with government policy. I must seek your assurance therefore that this is not the case and that you fully support the EDL’s democratic right to Freedom of Assembly and Freedom of Speech?
- Are you really not aware that the UAF is a Communist organisation?
- Have you really accepted the left-wing propaganda which paints the EDL as a violent and racist movement?
- Has it not occurred to you that despite being rough around the edges the EDL exists only to stand up to the ever growing demands radical Islam places on our liberal democracy?
- Can you please explain why violent left-wingers and radical Muslims can behave as they did on Saturday and remain free, whilst peaceful EDL members were arrested and not allowed to exercise their democratic rights?
- Does this not suggest something is very rotten in Cameron’s Britain?
- Is it not a sign of a genuine Police State that such a blatant disregard for democracy and law not only took place, but that the government and media subsequently remained silent?
- Is this really your vision of a democratic country, or are you just intent on enjoying your time in office, which means cracking down on the group which is easier to crush, no matter that the EDL stand for pro-democracy, pro-British, pro-conservative values whilst their opponents most emphatically do not?
You must forgive my asking these questions, Prime Minister, but I value the democratic freedoms long associated with Great Britain — which I am ashamed to say now seem threatened under your leadership. These freedoms were bequeathed to us via the blood and sacrifice of our immediate ancestors. They are not something you can just casually cast aside.
What happened on Saturday in Walthamstow should never have happened in a country with a valid claim to democracy. It is essential, given the seriousness of the situation, that you find the time to answer the questions posed in this letter.
On a final note, I do hope you will consider dropping your official endorsement of the UAF. Surely you must realise that a British Prime Minister should distance himself from such a violent, anti-Semitic, anti-British and anti-democratic movement which the UAF so obviously is?
So, Prime Minister, what say you?
Chairman, British Freedom Party
Paul Weston is Chairman of the British Freedom Party.