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Why is the EDL leader fund-raising for a cancer victim?


8:50 am - June 25th 2013

by Sunny Hundal    


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A few weeks ago the English Defence League leader ‘Tommy Robinson’ was exposed as working with a British soldier to fund-raise for Help For Heroes, even though the charity had rejected his help.

The arrangement collapsed after several blogs (including LC) reported on it and the soldier backed away, with his superiors launching an investigation.

Now Tommy Robinson has a new wheeze.

In a video (YouTube link) posted to the main EDL site on Sunday, the leader of the violent far-right group says he wants to raise money for a 2-year-old cancer victim.

Amelia-Mae is fighting for her life against Neuroblastoma and her family is trying to raise £250,000 for her treatment.

Tommy Robinson had originally planned a walk from Hyde Park to Woolwich, where he intended to lay flowers for Lee Rigby (against the family’s wishes), on Saturday 29th June. It was likely the police would ban the walk on security grounds. Now Robinson says he plans to do the walk to raise money for Amelia-Mae.

But there is something very odd about his fund-raising appeal.

On the EDL page where his appeal his posted, there is no link to Amelia-Mae’s JustGiving page at all.

The EDL have in fact started their own appeal page, listed under the name of Helen Gower. Why not just ask people to appeal directly to her account?

Furthermore, 2-year-old Amelia-Mae’s page lists various individuals and groups who are involved in raising funds for her. Neither the EDL nor Helen Gower are named Update: Helen Gower is now listed there.

So it’s unclear if the EDL are collecting money with the family’s permission, or have even told them of their plans. It also looks like an attempt to ensure Tommy Robinson’s publicity stunt on 29th June is allowed to go ahead, which is still listed as being in support of Lee Rigby.

And of course we have to take the EDL’s word that all the money collected will go to the cancer appeal. Is Tommy Robinson exploiting a 2 year old cancer victim for publicity?

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Sunny. I went to check on the comments on your last article about the pipe bomb to find the whole thing had disappeared. What has happened?

Really? Tell us what we don’t know.
The EDL are wannabe gangsters and bad asses, but they come across more as simple and deluded.
They must love all the attention though.
I wonder if Sunny spars with TR on twitter.
Who cares what the EDL cranks do ffs?

If Robinson is indeed exploiting a 2 year old cancer victim for publicity, it would be about the lowest thing he has ever done.
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And if hes not, the rant of yours above about the good intentions of one human being towards another does not even come close to the lowest published on this blog, which says a lot.

You are so one dimensional its nauseating.

Interesting. I already asked him the once why he wasn’t using a JG account or similar to collect the funds for his walk, and why it was apparently “for charity” rather than a named cause. Didn’t get any response to those, but some bluster about other bits, mainly his fears about getting the stuffing knocked out of him at some point along the walk (I doubt any other white guy including myself would attract much attention just strolling through London, but in his case it might be a justified concern thanks to all the fuss).

I guess we now have our answer.

He never did clear up how it was he figured a 10-mile walk (west extremity of ring road, to Woolwich ferry) for a 17-mile one, either. Well, not by the time I last logged off of twitter sometime last thursday/friday – haven’t had chance to hop back on since, but I doubt there’s been much of a useful update.

Yes it looks very dodgy, but I’d be more careful about posting defamatory stuff like this. I would have made a complaint to the police, who would be obliged to inform you (as complainant) of thier progress. You’d then have a much stronger story in a short time… or not.

Onebe … let’s just see how much of the money the family sees, and if the walk gets mainly co-opted as a promotional thing for the EDL and their bile, shall we?

Usually when you do something like this, it’s all about the victim or cause, and the fundraiser only attaches their own or their firm’s identity out of necessity, and the fundraiser tends to be either a specific event for that cause, or a major and regularly-occurring one where there’s no official sponsorship but people often do it in aid of any one of a great number of causes. That’s certainly been the case for any other fundraising effort I’ve seen online and (mostly) happily contributed to so far, including Amelia-Mae’s.

This particular event started life as the EDL, and Tommy in particular, attempting to bandwagon on the unfortunate Drummer’s murder (hence the route) with the donations supposedly going to H4H (and, given that they weren’t using any kind of trustworthy, openly accountable third party like JG, who knows how much might have been silently creamed off). When H4H quite pointedly told him to get stuffed, he had to flail around for some other “worthy” cause short of funds to latch onto.

Some good may come of it, though – how about we start a counter movement where we each donate a fiver to Amelia-Mae’s relief fund in the name of discouraging Tommy from doing the walk? With five thousand opponents, that’s the thing 10% funded. One doubts Tommy will be able to attract a full twenty five grand, let alone two-fifty. Every little helps, of course, but if he gathers even 1% of that total – a whole £2500 (and gives ALL of it away), over the course of what would be for any other normal person a faily low-risk 4-hour stroll, that’s some pretty cheap and easy publicity.

Putting my money where my fingers are, I think I’ll do just that right now in fact. My own contribution is but a couple minutes of sitting down and but 0.002% of the total, but I’d prefer to give it in the spirit of “it came about through a nasty piece of work grabbing some opportunist publicity, but I still want to directly contribute to the cause having heard of it” than funding it via the EDL or in their name.

(OK, their page IS a JG one itself, which guarantees the money will actually go where it should … I think, anyway? They’re part of the right “team”, after all, which should mean it all goes into the same pot. And they’ve somehow managed to break £3k, which is a nice thing to see even if for dodgy reasons … I’ll be hugely surprised at it making its total without one or two wealthy supporters bankrolling it though, and I’m still going to press the button on the cause’s main page. The “future events” like parachute jumping and 5-a-side matches will be interesting to see, if they actually happen. Who knows, Yaxley-Lennon might yet get the bug for doing proper Good Works rather than being a rabble rousing bigot, turn over a new leaf, renounce his former life of leading crowds of drunken tracksuited thugs through town centres, and dedicate his life to this sort of thing. THAT’S something, and someone, that I could get behind. Fingers crossed, eh?)

Hmm, I shoulda scrolled up further when proofreading that. Given what I appended to the bottom of that last one, the first line could do with being toned down or excised…

let’s just see how much of the money the family sees, and if the walk gets mainly co-opted as a promotional thing for the EDL and their bile, shall we?
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You really think with the profile they have they would steal money from this cause, or walk down the street chanting their usual stuff on the occasion?

One thing that could happen here is that they are attacked while behaving them selves perfectly on this walk for a good cause, but even if that is there card here and it works, does that not tell us something?

This particular event started life as the EDL, and Tommy in particular, attempting to bandwagon on the unfortunate Drummer’s murder
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I do not like the EDL, let me state that point again, I do not like the EDL, I nor you nor Sunny wants to live in a country with tensions, lets just stop for a moment here and recall that they were paying attention to the soilders and the perpetrator long before most, they made a video about his killer in 2010 did they not?

No action was taken, the situation escalated and the nation witnessed the result, to say they are jumping on a bandwagon when they were warning of it years ago and publicized the exact individual involved…seriously?

Instead of starting a counter movement, donate (and good on your for doing it!) simply because it is the right thing to do. If this “us against them” situation continues, its sadly going to spiral out of control.

let’s just see how much of the money the family sees, and if the walk gets mainly co-opted as a promotional thing for the EDL and their bile, shall we?
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You really think with the profile they have they would steal money from this cause, or walk down the street chanting their usual stuff on the occasion?

One thing that could happen here is that they are attacked while behaving them selves perfectly on this walk for a good cause, but even if that is there card here and it works, does that not tell us something?

This particular event started life as the EDL, and Tommy in particular, attempting to bandwagon on the unfortunate Drummer’s murder
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I do not like the EDL, let me state that point again, I do not like the EDL, I nor you nor Sunny wants to live in a country with tensions, lets just stop for a moment here and recall that they were paying attention to the soilders and the perpetrator long before most, they made a video about his killer in 2010 did they not?

No action was taken, the situation escalated and the nation witnessed the result, to say they are jumping on a bandwagon when they were warning of it years ago and publicized the exact individual involved…seriously?

Instead of starting a counter movement, donate (and good on your for doing it!) simply because it is the right thing to do. If this “us against them” situation continues, its sadly going to spiral out of control.

Even though the EDL are very small beer, people have this NEED to have something to fight and campaign against. So we have to milk these sorry bunch of losers for everything we can. It’s not a patch on what people had in the past, but there’s not that much around today.

Take a look at this youtube I found though. About black people fighting for their rights in Notting Hill in the 1970s. Wow, to only have been around then.
They really give it to the Feds.
They even carry placards calling them Pigs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQQLLtfNhcY

See how much more exciting it would have been for LC to have been around then? Not this sad case EDL carry-on.

11. the a&e charge nurse

‘If Robinson is indeed exploiting a 2 year old cancer victim for publicity, it would be about the lowest thing he has ever done’ – low, yes, but hardly new – the likes of t’fail, and scum have been toying with our cancer anxieties for a very long time.

Maybe hacks from these amoral outlets do indeed have a genuine interest when it comes to somebody’s grim battle with the Big C, or could it be that their reasons are rather more robinson-esque?

The way things are going around here I await the claim that the EDL causes cancer.

EDL Supporters did a fundraising walk in stoke for help the heroes last weekend as that way they didnt have to get a license 100 took part six wentt to my local the collection bucket was quite full on their arrival they splashed the cash and got drunk all day but we noticed when they were leaving the collection bucket only had a little bit of change left in it says it all really.

six wentt to my local the collection bucket was quite full on their arrival they splashed the cash and got drunk all day but we noticed when they were leaving the collection bucket only had a little bit of change left in it says it all really.
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Uh yea…not a single person took a picture of these lads buying pints out of a help heros bucket to absolutely Destroy them in the media, they cant walk down the street without being attacked and you expect us to believe they sat in a public house and did that…

They’re also organising a 5 a side football tournament on 17th August surprise surprise in Luton as a fund raising for this little girl and charging £75 for teams to enter and guess what Helen Gower AKA Carol Booth is the main person for the admin side of it but whats interesting is if you want to enter you pay 75 notes by using Paypal and also type in delmerchandise@gmail.com I presume on the payment form plus your division name.However jiggle the letters del around and what do you get

15. john reid

well said onebe

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/06/24/edl-video-of-stephen-hawking-inappropriate-and-disrespectful_n_3490262.html

words fail me on the depths the EDL are prepared to go.This was posted on Sunday on the FB page of the bournemouth division of the EDL

@16

the bournemouth division

Ha Ha – how many divisions do they have?

@17 Easy to spot they leave their knuckle marks in the sand

19. Witchsmeller Pursuivant

It smells very circumspect

Sorry to be pedantic, but do you even understand what the word ‘circumspect’ means?

Why is this character referred to as ‘Tommy Robinson’ when his real name is apparently Stephen Yaxley-Lennon? Why don’t you just call him that?

Are you exploiting this story for your publicity??

22. Richard Carey

@ 20 “Cynic”,

I don’t know why people such as you keep harping on his name. We all know his name and his pseudonym. Big deal. Besides, you’re writing under a pseudonym yourself, so you’re hardly in a position to comment, are you?

Sunny,
i have asked not to use the newcastle under lyme picture before.
i live here and know no one that is in or has anything to do with the edl.
It paints a wrong picture of the vast majority of the people who live here.

–Why is the EDL leader fund-raising for a cancer victim?–

He’s taking a leaf out of Jimmy Savile’s PR Book.

Good work keeping the spotlight on these scumbags, particularly as the sort of specimens the EDL/BNP attracts always manage their most spectacular cock-ups when they are trying to be clever.

No doubt this will go the same way.


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