Key UKIPer went on marches with English Defence League


8:45 pm - April 28th 2013

by Sunny Hundal    


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This week UKIP had to disown a local election candidate Sue Bowen after it emerged she had been a BNP candidate.

Then it turned out another candidate, Anna-Marie Crampton, photographed with Farage two weeks ago, was caught spouting conspiracy theories about Jews and the Holocaust.

Now this blog has been sent evidence that a senior UKIP activist has close associations with the English Defence League.

Meet Cliff Dixon. He is chairman of the UKIP branch in Hillingdon, west London.

The founder of Ukip Hillingdon, Jason Pontey, is pictured here with Nigel Farage.

1. Dixon has been on demonstrations with the English Defence League. He earlier boasted on his blog that he “joined my friends from March for England to tag along on the EDL Tower Hamlets demonstration”.

2. Dixon has attended a number of nationalist marches with the relatively small ‘March for England’ group – who are close to the EDL. One event was co-organised with the British Patriots Society, which is described as “a tiny splinter of the English Defence League”.

Cliff Dixon has also posed with English Defence League activists and BNP figures.


(he’s on the right, and confirms the pic).

That isn’t the only image with EDL activists either.

The official UKIP position is that:

Membership is not available to anyone who is or has previously been a member of the British National Party, National Front, British Freedom Party, British People’s Party, English Defence League, Britain First or the UK First Party.

If UKIP thinks these parties are racist and wants nothing to do with them, then why does it tolerate prominent members associating with the English Defence League?

(hat-tip Stand for Peace blog)

UPDATE: The Hope Not Hate blog points out that another key member, Tony Nixon, has been caught saying lots of racist stuff on his Facebook account, and supporting the EDL.

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So he’s not a member of the EDL then, nor ever has been?

“If UKIP thinks these parties are racist and wants nothing to do with them, then why does it tolerate prominent members associating with the English Defence League?”

Probably because it doesn’t have the resources to do a CRB and full background check on every single one of its members. Instead it trusts members to be truthful and if they are not to expel them when the truth comes out.

So thanks to the research by yourself and other journalists/bloggers UKIP now know about the background of some of it’s members and will probably get round to expelling them.

Well done for making UKIP a better organisation now rather than waiting till they actually got somewhere and then shoving the boot in when it would have made more impact and been more embarrassing.

By the way, UKIP don’t have the monopoly on its members, even its councillors, having weird and wonderful opinions and believing in various conspiracy theories. A Yorkshire Labour councillor thinks his mother is a green alien and aliens abducted him as a child. A LibDem councillor in Hampshire thinks aliens in an organisation called Majestic are secretly walking the planet. SWP leaders have this weird opinion that they can use female members for sexual purposes without asking. You get the point. All politicians are human. Some humans have weird thoughts. Therefore some politicians have weird thoughts. Politicians are not perfect, nor can any be expected to as it’s a requirement of the job to not be perfect.

Congratulations on finding a photo from the 10th anniversary of 9/11 outside the US embassy.Many different groups were there on the day,including Muslims 4 Peace,Sikhs against Sharia and the Pakistani and Bangladeshi Christian association.I was there to lay a wreath as a guest of March for England, whose flag this photo was taken in front of (Note- It is not an EDL flag). If David Cameron was at a public event and stood in front of a Union flag, and a member of the BNP walked in front of it when the photo was taken, would that give Cameron links to the BNP? Galloway was photographed last week in a public place with a Tory – Does that make him a Conservative? You really are clutching at straws now.
BTW – I resigned from the English Democrats over BNP links, which is a story easily found by googling it. Very lazy reporting chaps.

Nice try Cliff, but how many Muslims and Sikhs do you see in that picture? Also, I’ve never heard of Sikhs against Sharia, but it sounds like an EDL sort of organisation.

And that’s not the only march is it?

5. So Much for Subtlety

English man exercises his right to protest and associate.

Left outraged.

In the meantime Bea Campbell, who regularly took freebies from the East German regime, is not only not criticised on these pages, she is welcome to write here. Number of people killed by the East Germans? Tens of thousands even if you ignore the immediate post-war Soviet period. Number of people killed by the EDL? Zero. Nice priorities chaps.

UKIP are a racist party. There’s no doubt whatsoever about that.

Splendid stuff! Better than Beano and Dandy! More please. What British politics needs is more wackiness and less of the po-faced blather we get from the Cabinet of Fools and the Mouse That Roared.

8. Shatterface

In the meantime Bea Campbell, who regularly took freebies from the East German regime, is not only not criticised on these pages, she is welcome to write here

Not to mention her role in the Satanic abuse hoax.

@Cliff

“Sikhs against Sharia”

Which ones are the Sikhs?

What is the point actually of these kinds of exposes?
Does it make the world a better place? Does it actually make some difference somewhere?
Liberal Conspiracy is really hot on the EDL and ‘fascists’ in general, and tends to be not so concerned by the hoo ha that the likes of Harry’s Place kick up about ‘islamo-fascists’ – who are constantly giving speeches at mosques and the like.
Personally I find that this kind of doggedness in outing and denouncing one’s opponents in the end lessens the ability for public discussion, even on discussion boards like this one. When you turn the EDL into dangerous ogres who must cause alarm wherever they appear, what you end up being is shrill.
Shrill like UAF, Hope not Hate, and the Anti-Nazi League before them.

Fascists of all sorts certainly are a problem. I’d say the right wing white ones are about as bad as the Islamist ones. Which means … ”quite bad, but the situation isn’t critical”.
But when you start being shrill, common sense goes out the window, and you end up calling anyone who disagrees with you ”a friend of fascists” and other insults.

UKIP are a bit mad. I think that’s plainly obvious. But when I hear David Blunkett or people like that joining in with trying to smear them, I recoil from it the same way I did when this blog led a campaign to stop Rod Liddle becoming the editor of the Independent.
Because of some comments he had made on the Millwall supporters website under his user name ”Monkey”.
That was pretty low IMO, and it showed that the people leading that campaign just didn’t get the culture of the Millwall fans and that website.
But that doesn’t surprise me when I have read that the owner of this blog loaths high street bookmaker shops for example. Because of the culture of them I guessed.
It’s a class and culture thing ultimately.
I have yet to read any good analysis of the EDL on this website or on the old Pickled Politics one.

Followed th eliek it’s a rather large generalities, and inaccurate, but is saying “Bulgarians are too busy selling their slum homes so they can finance terrorist like Abu hamza” a racist comment ,or just stupid,

Regarding people infiltrating UKIP, what of all this letting georgous George rejoin Labour, after all ,ken reinfultrated the party,

Chris, that is the most stupid comment I’ve ever read

13. Chaise Guevara

@ 10 damon

“Personally I find that this kind of doggedness in outing and denouncing one’s opponents in the end lessens the ability for public discussion, even on discussion boards like this one. When you turn the EDL into dangerous ogres who must cause alarm wherever they appear, what you end up being is shrill.”

Not to mention that it’s such a graceless attempt at generating guilt by association. Political Party In Not All Members Being Lovely People Shocker.

14. Charlieman

Key UKIPer? Like the lass or bloke he phones when he gets stuck writing a speech? I think not.

At the same time, look at the photo with the flag. If somebody paints German Gothic lettering on a flag, everyone involved in politics knows (or should know) the undertone.

@13. Chaise Guevara: “Not to mention that it’s such a graceless attempt at generating guilt by association.”

In this case, Cliff Dixon has compromised himself but does not have the testicles to acknowledge it. MFE in German Gothic?

15. Chaise Guevara

@ Charlieman

Don’t want to commit the crime of generating guilt by association, but… yeah. Interesting choice of typeface. Hadn’t noticed that before.

16. ludicrous pseudonym

The more UKIP do stuff like this the more amusing it is. Because frankly they ain’t ever gonna get the reins over power, but they generate enough heat to split the right wing vote. They are to the Tories now what the SDP was to 1980s Labour.
Keep up the sterling work, Cliff and chums! (Pun, awfully, intended.)

MFE in German Gothic?

Fontcrime!!!

You couldn’t make it up….

Why is sunny TERRIFIED of UKIP


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