Wednesday, 17 October 2012

"Six figure cost" of EDL march

Counting the cost of the EDL march last Saturday in Rotherham - and wondering what will be the cost to Norwich November 10

From The Star Wednesday 17 October 2012:

THE controversial English Defence League march through Rotherham has cost the town’s economy a ‘six figure sum’, an MP has claimed.

Rotherham Labour MP Denis MacShane said traders had closed while the far right group held its demonstration on Saturday - and the lack of ordinary people in the town centre also hit taxi drivers.  He told Parliament:
The choice of route meant that Rotherham’s economy lost an amount of six figures or more.

I want to explore with the Home Office the consequences of the number of EDL marches that are held, in terms of their economic impact on local economies that are struggling.

I support free speech and the right to assemble but surely there is a responsibility to ensure that happens in such a way that minimises economic loss and hardship to struggling communities like Rotherham?
Mr MacShane has asked for a meeting with the new Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice to discuss the issue.
Pointless and expensive march
Excerpt from a vivid account of the costly EDL marches in Rotherham:
This is the first time that the EDL had done a proper demo in South Yorkshire. 

The demographics of Rotherham make it the perfect place for them and it just didn’t work. Rotherham is the only place in South Yorkshire to have elected any far-right councillors. It’s one of the few places left in the country where the BNP vote is still reasonably strong and where the party spent money at the last local elections. One candidate got just under 900 votes and the hideous Marlene Guest got over 700. I know the BNP and EDL are separate entities and their leaders are in a bitter dispute at the moment but you would expect some crossover at a local level and that just wasn’t apparent on Saturday.

The EDL are a toxic brand and any hopes of any political success are doomed to failure before they start. It’s the first time I’ve seen the EDL up close and they are utterly vile. 
The EDL have every right to come to Norwich and march and display themselves of course, but citizens also have every right to protest at the disruption, the destruction and the cost, let alone the message of hate. 

Whose rights are more important?



  1. rotherham was a success...i was there with EDL and never got abused by any people bystanders...they applauded us along the route....the cost of this demo is partly due to uaf and the councils etc for failing theses innocent children that was abused by muslims which is going on all over the country...if councils can afford to keep a scum bag terrorists family in a 1 million pound house...(abu hamza family) liebour party are to blame for all this child grooming that is going on....the opended the flood gates to immigration and mosques being built which made more segregation and hatered for non believers and women

  2. ive been to over 30 EDL demos...have learnt that all islamists areas where paedos are preying on young children and clerics of hate are all labour party controlled areas....labouR must be getting donors from middle east like the arabs....liebour party has destroyed this great country...ENGLAND IS STILL ENGLAND AND DONT LET LABOUR SELL OUR COUNTRY OUT...