Monday, 26 April 2010

EDL/BNP vs KFC on POW rd

A policeman representing the Norfolk Constabulary, PC Walker, told me that mine was not the only complaint received about the behaviour of the band of cowardly thugs who bullied the young counter staff of the KFC outlet on Prince of Wales Road nine days ago.

The video can be viewed here.

PC Walker told me the EDL bullying is now logged as a 'race/religious hate incident', to be examined in more detail by their dedicated unit.

In the meantime the site One Million United (1MU) has claimed to have identified at least two of the men who show themselves brazenly harrassing KFC staff. 1MU suggests that the video shows well-known bully-boy Anthony Bamford, and possibly soccer hooligan Sam Burgess.

According to 1MU, Bamford has a history of harrassing individuals and this is not limited to fast food restaurants; 1MU state they have seen evidence of his ongoing cyber-bullying, deep-rooted racism and threats of violence. . .

It appears that Bamford and co have removed their own film of the incident themselves, as 1MU suggests, "in an attempt to wriggle out of potential charges".

Unfortunately for them, several alert citizens copied the video as soon as it appeared. The video shows four of the gang quite clearly. 1MU goes on to suggest:
It is thought that the thug at the end of the film, giving obscene hand gestures is the EDL’s Sam Burgess, who recently earned himself a three-year ban from football matches after punching a police officer. His identity has not yet been confirmed.
1MU links to another site that has a theory about this EDL foray into fast-food outlets, not only in Norwich but around the country.
According to 1MU, Socialist Worker had this to say:
The English Defence League (EDL) has taken to copying the tactics of Le Pen’s Front National (FN) in France.
They have called for attacks on all Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) for selling halal meat. And they are encouraging people to film the attacks and to wear pig masks—which is what the FN has done at fast food outlets in France. In a video posted by the EDL on YouTube of one protest, one of the mob shouts, “Who here is a Muslim?”
The following video has also been released recently by EDL members, and appears to show them confronting KFC board members, having barged into a meeting.
As 1MU points out, KFC’s website clearly states that not only is the halal meat on its menus only a trial at this stage, but also that the Norwich branch harrangued by Bamford and co is not one of the outlets taking part in the trial. They are also keen to point out the following:
Due to our strict animal welfare standards, we insist that all our poultry is stunned before slaughter. Our halal chicken has been accredited by the Halal Food Authority, one of the most widely recognised bodies in the UK and overseas. It allows the use of a technique called ’stun-to-stun’ – a pain free process that makes the animal insensible to pain and suffering. A verse is also recited from the Koran at the point of slaughter by an appropriate person and the poultry will not come into contact with non-halal meat at any point in the supply chain.
The HFA accreditation which is clearly signposted in the participating restaurants allows us to offer halal accredited meat whilst remaining committed to the same animal welfare standards as before, which meet or exceed all relevant UK and EU legislation.
Leaving aside any debate about the business practices of Kentucky Fried Chicken, or about halal meat, or even any discussion about the ethics of eating meat at all, the essential point seems to be this:
Are Norfolk people ready or willing to accept the bullyboy tactics of any organisation like the EDL or the BNP? Can we tolerate this low-level off-the street gang thuggery?

These self-elected, boastful self-described guardians of 'Engish values' in the EDL, which is closely interconnected with the BNP, have no right to attempt to intimidate staff of local fast-food outlets in pursuit of their own political advancement.

Kick such political movements out of Norfolk.


  1. the only question asked was do the norwich branch of KFC "serve halal meat and what were there policys" which is every man /womans right whitin the
    ENGLISH law!i do not see this as harassment nor bullying! just a simple question

  2. Please look at the video again.
    FIVE men walk into that KFC outlet, asking to see the manager. The manager come out and sees the men in various degrees of agitation asking her about her policy on halal, does she have anything posted on the wall about it, what is the policy, three questions at once.
    FIVE men and three young girls, with two of those men filming the whole incident. That in itself is a threatening situation. The manager was superb in her reaction.
    Keep watching and you see the ring-leader say in a rough way - "Don't walk away from me!", and then two of them say that they will be back and there will be even more of them.
    Of course that is attempted harrassment and bullying.
    If you want to find out about halal meat, why take FIVE men and why ask in such a rough and threatening manner?
    A simple letter to KFC mnagement would do the trick.

  3. Well why not answer the question then,and if halal is causing a problem don't serve it,I don't wish to eat any meat which has had a stupid prayer said over it before its inhumanely butchered and nor do millions of others if the truth is known,and no I am not EDL or a racist just your normal working family man..

  4. Anonymous! hiding are we? i'm going to take a wild guess and say youre an EDL moron yourself. The EDL are great at hiding behind things such as other peoples slightly better thought through racist and violent attacks. You honestly think that a bunch of thuggish men walking into a fast food restaurant full of girls filming them on your camera (which is illegal by the way) and saying your going to bring your mates back isnt threatening? standing outside singing EDL? you wanna grow boys. youre not proud of england cause you dont even know what england is anymore.

  5. To Anon 9.33pm

    Dont ever call or say prayers of other religion as stupid as much as you dont want others to call your prayers as stupid.

    Thank you.