Tommy Robinson’s in the news again, and gaining support from keyboard warriors the world over (yes, some US commentators, and probably some from elsewhere, have jumped on the bandwagon and attempted to explain English law and politics to actual English people living in England).
Manchester Unites Against The Right | The Prole Star
The glorious weather we saw on Sunday in Manchester was the perfect backdrop for a good old-fashioned British protest. The Football Lads Alliance held a rally at the Castlefield Bowl, met by a counter-protest against their presence in the city. The FLA claim to be gathering to make a stand against Islamic extremism, while the counter-protesters saw this as thinly-veiled racism and an opportunity to exploit the fears and grief of a city touched by the aftermath of a terrorist attack.
There is a history of racist and xenophobic policies behind this. The Windrush generation are named after one of the ships that transported large numbers of people from Commonwealth nations to the UK in the 1940s, 50s and 60s (see image above). This migration was encouraged, and was seen as mutually beneficial.