Look at these racist bastards. Picture by Irmgard.
People celebrate St. George's Day in many different ways. Some put a flag on their cars, or on their windows, to show their patriotic sentiment. Some go to their pub with their own band of merry men and sample English brews - or any brews, for that matter - in quantities that are only really allowed on nights of drunken national revelry. Others like to throw things at pre-pubescent girls.
Fortunately, this latter group of individuals exists is largely self-contained within the wider unit that is Unite Against Fascism. For those unfamiliar with them, this group of left-wing activists look out for demonstrations by groups using the words 'England,' 'English,' or 'Britain' in their name, and either force them to abandon their march, change the route (as they did in their instance), or show up for a 'counter-protest.' Then they act surprised and innocent when conflict breaks out. Conflict which, as three young girls and a number of police horses from Brighton found out when bottles and coke cans came hurtling towards them, they often start.
No doubt, to the mind of a professional activist, who could see fascism on the back of a soup can, these three girls were hardcore Nazi sympathisers. The horses spend so much time around the police that they will soon be indoctrinated, by one of those gruff old detectives we see on TV, into the politics of hate and fear. That is, if they haven't already. But, in reality, UAF never had a shred of evidence to suggest that the girls - or any of the people involved in the March for England parade - were nationalist, racist, or even 'fascist.' Their political statement was one of the broadest I've ever seen. In fact, if we remove the word 'England,' it's something that the UAF could have written. Their only policy is opposing 'hardline religious extremists' and 'fascist groups.' A veiled reference to Islamic hate clerics that may be (whose fascism the UAF seems not to notice), but it certainly is not nationalistic - and it is not a justificiation for a bunch of self-righteous thugs to set upon them.
So, at what point will UAF apologise for the actions of some of their members?