English Defence League leader and founder Tommy Robinson has left the group, saying he has concerns over the "dangers of far-right extremism".
The EDL organises protests across the UK against "radical Islam".
Mr Robinson said it was still his aim to "counter Islamist ideology", although "not with violence but with better, democratic ideas".
Their decision follows discussions with the Quilliam group, which describes itself as a "counter-extremism think tank".
I've always been very suspicious of the EDL. My hunch is that Tommy Robinson was working for the state, in order to highlight muslim violence in this country, when there was no muslim violence in this country. By constantly highlighting the 'problem', it keeps it in the news and serves the government agenda of justifying attacks on muslim countries.
I think you'll find that the EDL will quietly fade into obscurity now and then disappear altogether. It's job done, we're not attacking Syria, so no more need for the EDL.
I wonder if some of the British folks around here could help shed some light on what all that means? Is more unrest brewing over there? I'd had the impression it was more isolated incidents than an ongoing campaign?
Recently we have been posting news and opinion on English Defence League Leader, Tommy Robinson, and his amazing magic money pot.
We have been questioning his claims that he and his wife and children manage to survive on £250 pound per week. We have also been questioning his ability to shop in high end department stores, spend evenings in casinos and spend £800 on a Stone Island jacket.
We have also been letting EDL members know exactly where the funds they donate to the far right organisation are going.
This seems to have lead to Robinson unblocking us from Twitter which in turn lead to the utterley bizarre circumstances we saw on Wednesday evening. (Continued...)
Recently defected leader of the English Defence League looks set to start a new far right organisation EDL News according to a right wing American blog.
Robinson is set to stand with American hate bloggers Pamela Gellar and Robert Spence who run far right counter jihad blog', Atlas Shrugs according to a post on their website.
On their website they state
"Now, over two years later, it is clear to all of us that the best way to proceed is to leave the EDL behind and move forward in new directions. This shows the utter mendacity and bankruptcy of the leftist and Islamic supremacist claim that our support of the EDL demonstrated that we ourselves were racists and fascists -- as if that weren't clear enough already. It also exposes the backstabbing and skullduggery of those in the counter-jihad movement who excoriated us for raising these entirely legitimate concerns. Our struggle in AFDI and SION, which continue to stand with Robinson and Carroll, is now and has always been for the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, and the equality of rights of all people before the law. We look forward to working with Robinson and Carroll in the future as we continue this great struggle for freedom."
Both Gellar and Spencer, who are currently banned from entering the UK, are thought to be two of the twelve membership leaders that have resigned today. The pair also run the anti-Muslim SIOA/SION & AFDI organisations.
A lot of the funding for the EDL has been coming from the United States and a huge amount of their Facebook 'likes' are of American origin.
The blog post can be found here.
I hadn't realized England had a real ongoing and long term problem here?