OK, I realise that just the post title will offend some reasonable, intelligent readers of this blog who support the EDL. It's unlikely that any UAF supporters are reading, but I'm sure the UAF has as many reasonable and intelligent supporters as does the EDL, and they will also be offended.
A piece by Damian Thompson in the Telegraph, with which I take issue but will leave Fisking for another day, has attracted over 3,900 comments - only some of which are relevant to Thompson's opinions.
I have often despaired of EDL's targeting of immigrants, and can't repeat too often that immigration isn't the fault of the immigrants. Terrifying poor foreigners whilst leaving the politicians responsible alone is truly reprehensible. And UAF have always struck me as being more like the Brownshirts than they would ever recognise; street thugs using fists and boots to enforce an immoral political orthodoxy. So, simple soul that I am, I see them as two sides of the same coin.
Farage of course, in repudiating EDL, is demonstrating a moderate and democratic commitment that puts Cameron and Miliband to shame; if they repudiate UAF in the same terms they will demonstrate that they intend to fight the next election on the basis of argument and policy, not on the basis of the terror of their street-thugs.