Will Oslo Cause A Rethink..?

Last week, council leader Liam Smith wrote to home secretary Theresa May asking her to ban “inflammatory” protests in Barking and Dagenham after an English Defence League protest against a planned mosque and community centre in Green Lane, Dagenham, escalated last month.

Indeed he did, as I relayed here.

Then, it was ‘No, siree!’:

The Home Office, however, has told the Post that it may not have the power to grant Mr Smith’s request.

Naturally, the opposing side are throwing their toys out of the pram:

Raza Nadim, of Ilford, is a member of Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK (MPAC UK), which held a protest against the EDL on July 9.

He said: “No matter how repugnant you may find the EDL, banning a protest does stifle free speech.

But you’re really stifling hate speech.

“I think the council should be congratulated. The EDL have been using the angle of a cover-up by the council about planning permission to say ‘we don’t like Muslims’.”

It seems that the government doesn’t want to get between this rock or that hard place, and said as much last week:

A spokesman for the Home Office said that the home secretary only had the power to ban marches, which protesters could get around by holding “static” demonstrations.

However, any bans would have to follow a Metropolitan Police recommendation to ban a particular protest, and Liam Smith’s letter was not seen as a formal request.

I wonder if Oslo will change that?

7 comments for “Will Oslo Cause A Rethink..?

  1. July 25, 2011 at 11:44 am

    You bet it will, they are already crawling through his ‘manifesto’ pointing out British links however spurious, even the fact that he quotes Jeremy Clarkson is held up as how ‘bad’ things are here now.

  2. July 25, 2011 at 11:55 am

    It’s all down to Anders being forced to learn to knit at primary school, apparently.


    Ban Muslamic Knitting Needles, now!

    • July 25, 2011 at 2:31 pm

      “… being forced to learn to knit… ”

      Isn’t that what happened to Sly Stallone in Demolition Man?

      • July 26, 2011 at 5:44 am

        Yes! 😆

  3. July 25, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Blimey… it doesn’t look too good for the Muzzies… I mean… it only takes one blue-eyed, blonde Al Qaeda to take down a whole country… He doesn’t bother to commit suicide and out in seven years on parole… As Mel Brooks would say… “Don’t be stupid, be a smarty, come and join the Nazi Party!” …

  4. Robert Edwards
    July 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    If Mosques or Moslems had been attacked, then I could understand what the present fuss is about. It seems to me that this bloke has got more in common with the Unabomber than any serious political manifesto. There is much overlap, of course, mainly that of the sociopathic loner, but to call it a ‘right wing manifesto’ seems to me to be a bit of a stretch.

    The leap of logic being applied is simple. Because this man took a gun to a gathering of Socialist Youth delegates (The lefties are in government) therefore he is a far right activist.

    So far, so good. But I’ve said before that if there is a political spectrum (I maintain it’s a circle) then it runs from placid to violent and at the violent end, all to often is this labelled ‘far right’. But we know that’s incorrect…

    ‘Far Right’ to me means tiny state apparat, stand on your own two feet, don’t sponge off others and take responsibility for your actions. Obey the law, but have as few laws as possible.

    If that’s far right, then arrest me now. Oh; there’s the doorbell…

    • Lord T
      July 25, 2011 at 8:59 pm

      For us far righters it is smashed windows, door and a storm trooper entrance with stun grenades and MP5 blazing to make a spectacular arrest. That is if it is your granny. If it is us then just before the arrest are several shots to the head while we are held down.

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