Longtime protector of thuggery Tommy Robinson has stepped down from his position as leader of the English Defence League, citing fears about the rise of "far right extremism".
The 30-year-old's decision received cautious welcome from the Quilliam Foundation, an anti-extremism organisation, who claim to have been in contact with Robinson and EDL co-founder Kevin Carroll, who also left the group today.
Daniel Trilling, author of Bloody Nasty People: The Rise of Britain's Far Right, tweeted in response:
Ok, a few (sceptical) thoughts about Tommy Robinson leaving the EDL:Daniel Trilling (@trillingual) October 8, 2013
1. It's a recognition that the organisation is going nowhere. Apart from a brief resurgence this year, it's been in long-term decline.Daniel Trilling (@trillingual) October 8, 2013
3. The contention that there were only "extremist elements" in the EDL is wrong. It is/was an extremist organisation.Daniel Trilling (@trillingual) October 8, 2013
4. If what TR wants is mainstream respectability for his extremist views, then that still needs to be challenged.Daniel Trilling (@trillingual) October 8, 2013
Job opportunities will surely be plentiful for Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, and whose other claim to fame would be his lengthy criminal record, which includes a 12-month sentence for assaulting a police officer called to diffuse a domestic incident between Yaxley-Lennon and his partner.
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