The English Defence League (EDL) are becoming a monument of increasing irrelevance in an ever more diverse United Kingdom. This afternoon at Grey’s Monument, Newcastle City Centre, the EDL North East division held a demonstration. Their action is believed to have been intended to counter the presence of ‘Hope not Hate’ and other organisations present at the time.
The EDL were apparently not defending the “English” against the French – as depicted above – despite some members of the public believing so. The precise number of people who attended is unclear – it is believed to be somewhere between five and seven – but the EDL stooped very low when they involved children in their protest.
Back in October 2013 the Independent asked ‘Is the party over for the EDL?‘ and judging by today – in Newcastle at least – it seems to be. When a third of those attending a demonstration are children (two), I wonder if those considering themselves to be members ever ask ‘what is the point?’
Not everyone thinks the same way when it comes to political beliefs, however, despite differences I believe that most people would be able to agree on the complete irony surrounding the presence of the EDL at Grey’s Monument today. The inscription on the monument reads as follows;
THIS COLUMN WAS ERECTED IN 1838
THE SERVICES RENDERED TO HIS COUNTRY BY
CHARLES EARL GREY K.G.
WHO, DURING AN ACTIVE POLITICAL CAREER OF
NEARLY HALF A CENTURY
WAS THE CONSTANT ADVOCATE OF PEACE
AND THE FEARLESS AND CONSISTENT CHAMPION OF
CIVIL AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.
HE FIRST DIRECTED HIS EFFORTS TO THE AMENDMENT
OF THE REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE IN 1792,
AND WAS THE MINISTER
BY WHOSE ADVICE, AND UNDER WHOSE GUIDANCE,
THE GREAT MEASURE OF PARLIAMENTARY REFORM
WAS AFTER AN ARDUOUS AND PROTRACTED STRUGGLE
SAFELY AND TRIUMPHANTLY ACHIEVED
IN THE YEAR 1832.