Of the few accounts I’ve read about this, Gates of Vienna seems to have the best take on it.
Gates of Vienna The two top leaders of the English Defence League have left the organization to join the Quilliam Foundation, a mainstream NGO (FOUNDED BY A MUSLIM – MAHDI NAWAZ) that fights “extremism” in all its forms. Among other actions, Quilliam takes great pains to prevent the stigmatization of Muslims by “Islamophobes”.
Ever since Tommy was released early from prison last winter, I’ve been waiting for the other shoe to drop, and now it has. It seemed obvious back then that attempts would be made to “turn” him while he was in solitary confinement, offering him both carrots and sticks to cease his anti-Shariah advocacy as the head of the EDL.
The first carrot was his early release. That was followed by a series of increasingly unpleasant sticks — arrest after arrest after arrest. Later this month he is facing trial for one of the Woolwich-related arrests. Presumably the judicial authorities had a quiet word with him about how long he would spend behind bars this time. He may have been facing the prospect of only being able to see his kids once a week through that glass wall, while they grew up without him. He might have seen his family forced into destitution, ostracism, and humiliation.
Then along came the Quilliam carrot. The Quilliam Foundation is one of those quasi-governmental entities that exists to serve the purposes of the governing elites. A coordinated strategy involving it would serve to decapitate the EDL, driving much of the membership of the regional divisions into the arms of the BNP. From the point of view of Cameron, Clegg, and Miliband, nothing could be better: the EDL’s effectiveness as street force would be reduced, a renewed BNP would mop up the “Islamophobic” opposition and marginalize them further, and support for UKIP would be weakened.
The BNP is not the real threat to the British Powers That Be — it is widely seen as being an appendage of MI5, and is kept within a cozy anti-Semitic corral like the NPD in Germany, unable to achieve any meaningful electoral success whilst drawing the support of discontented nationalists.
What really makes the well-coiffed heads in Whitehall turn prematurely white is the thought that growing support for the EDL might merge with the grassroots surge that is now pushing UKIP ahead of one or more major parties in local elections and public opinion polls. An EDL-UKIP juggernaut must be their big nightmare, and that has now been shrewdly avoided by moving Tommy and Kevin into a harmless position within an organization that acts as a stooge for the government.
Any demoralized EDL members who turn to the BNP for solace are making a serious strategic error, but their sentiments are understandable — why would they embrace UKIP, which from their perspective is weak dishwater as a political party?
As for Tommy and Kevin, all we can do is wish them well in their new positions. Tommy is a courageous scrapper with an uncommon amount of grit. A lesser man would have folded years ago. I have no illusions about my own courage — I would have given in the first time the cell door clanged shut behind me, or when the first fist connected with my cheekbone. Tommy has earned my enduring admiration.
Godspeed to both of them. And maybe the luck of the Irish as well. (They will need more than luck, now that they are working for Muslims)
[UPDATE] Apparently this is even worse than we thought. Quilliam is associated with the radical Muslim extremist group ‘Hizb ut Tahrir,’ which is like joining the political arm of al-Qaeda.
Today’s breaking news that Tommy Robinson and Kev Carroll are leaving the English Defence League and taking up new positions with a Muslim ‘anti-hate’ organisation, funded by the government and hard-line Islamic sources in the Middle East, has left the country’s patriotic, counter-jihad movement stunned with disbelief.
In only a few hours, the English Defence League and all its followers have been betrayed, their hard work over the years thrown on the scrapheap, and this craven act means that the English Defence League is now dead beyond repair.
Robinson’s new employers, the ‘Quilliam Foundation’, is run by ‘Hizb ut Tahrir’ Muslim extremists, and was founded by Maajid Nawaz, Ed Husain and Rashad Zaman Ali.
In February and October 2009, Quilliam publicly confronted the Dutch politician Geert Wilders, arguing that, “Geert Wilders is undoubtedly an ill-informed, hate-driven bigot with many unpleasant views but he is not directly inciting violence… We therefore challenge Geert Wilders to an open debate in which we will argue that Islam is compatible with secular democracy and that, contrary to what he apparently believes, Muslims are not a threat to Europe and its values.”
Quilliam has also defended the right of women to wear the full face veil, known as the niqab or burka.
The last thing on anyone’s minds when they woke up this morning was that Tommy Robinson, the leader of the EDL, would be working for a Muslim group…but it has happened!
In January 2009, ‘The Times’ published an article claiming that Quiliam had received almost £1million from the government, and Quilliam openly acknowledges the funding that it receives from the public sector.
Tommy Robinson and other EDL leaders have transitioned from controversial leaders of a patriotic street resistance movement, to government-funded quango employees, and in their wake lies the total destruction of the EDL!
THE SUN SETS ON THE ENGLISH DEFENCE LEAGUE
The news is that around twelve of the senior EDL leadership have also followed Robinson and Carroll in their act of betrayal.
What is more serious, and worrying, is that the personal details of tens of thousands of EDL followers are now in the hands of Quilliam and whatever far-left nefarious sources that are using them to further their war against the counter-jihad movement in Britain.
We warned EDL activists about this several years ago!
Britain First as the English Defence League NEVER produced or published any accounts or financial records, there is no accounting for any of the considerable funds that passed through its coffers in the last four years – where has it all gone?
Here’s Tommy and Kev, surrounded by the enemy: