Rochdale, Birmingham, Newcastle, Sheffield, Derby, Peterborough, Oxford, the list of of cities with grooming gangs grows and grows… For too long the fear of being branded racist has prevented police and social services from investigating these crimes.
We watched the lengthening list of cities and decided that something had to be done. That the police had to stop pretending there wasn’t a problem and DO something. Did they? No. It was easier to call us racist than admit we were right. It’s always been the coward’s way of responding to an argument against which you have no defence – demonise your opponent – call them ‘bigots’ and ‘fascists’, label them ‘far right’ and, when all else fails, call them ‘islamophobes’. But calling us names, shouting us down at demonstrations, disrupting our protests with union-supported gangs of left-wing thugs did not make the problem go away, any more than communist agitators calling UKIP fascist will make the immigration problem go away.
We didn’t go away either. Year after year, faithful supporters, patriots, liberals, gave up their free time, dug deep in their pockets for expensive rail and bus tickets and joined us on the streets up and down the country. We kept up our protests, we refused to be silent and fortunately someone looked a little further than the far-left propaganda and listened …
“None of the official accounts of how the nation woke up to the grooming gang phenomenon mention the effect of the EDL, but it is clear that the EDL were protesting about this issue throughout 2010.
On 3 August 2010, the local Blackpool newspaper reported that “more than 150 members of the English Defence League (EDL), which exists to shun Islam, protested on St Chad’s Headland, in South Shore – claiming to be demonstrating for justice for missing schoolgirl Charlene Downes.”
By May 2011, the EDL had held three demonstrations in Blackpool, focussing on the case of Charlene Downes in particular, but also with reference to the wider problem concerning Muslim grooming gangs. The third EDL demonstration in Blackpool had over 2000 EDL protesters present.
Between the EDL’s first demonstration about Muslim grooming gangs in Blackpool in 2010 and their third demonstration in 2011 Andrew Norfolk began to report on the grooming gangs (after a long period where we can find very little from him on this issue).
It is hard to establish whether the EDL were the cause of this turnaround, but certainly they were campaigning very visibly on this issue in the months before Norfolk wrote an article in The Times attributed with transforming the attitude of politicians and child-care professionals. “
This country seems to be slowly turning the corner and finally, finally, investigations have started and prosecutions have followed; a few prosecutions have followed. Too few.
This is not about race (the children raped can as easily be Asian as any other race), it is about children being abused, our children, and it must be stopped. The police, social services, councils, politicians, must stop hiding behind their walls of political correctness. They must stop refusing to take action in the interests of ‘community cohesion. Until they do, we will continue our protests because we know that where the police don’t succeed, and though they would never dream of admitting it, our demonstrations do. And if the police think that providing protection for our peaceful protesters is too expensive, maybe they should consider the fact that their cowardice is one of the main reasons why we have to demonstrate in the first place.
We are the EDL and we will not be silent. Join us, they are your children too.