A reply to the far left and why the Football Lads Alliance is necessary.
“Could the FLA develop into a fully-fledged fascist movement?
James Harvey – Weekly Worker”
I recently read your article which appeared in “Weekly Worker” the Socialist magazine about the Football Lads Alliance (FLA) – I would like to exercise a right of reply from my own blog, I had emailed you directly to permit a response but unsurprisingly, you failed to publish this in on your website – despite a request for you to avoid acting censorial towards anything that contradicts your blatant mischaracterization and misrepresentations of individuals and groups.
I also write this, fully appreciative of the political orientation and Marxist intent behind your organisation; When new groups such as the FLA emerge from nowhere in such vast numbers, the speed and acceleration might well catch people off guard, triggering curiosity, fascination and a little uncertainty.
Inevitably, heads will turn, not only the media and wider public but invested political factions, in particular, those on the far left, those who willfully seek to cultivate and manufacture new adversaries, to help advance the Marxist political agenda – to foster and nurture a strawman adversary, to justify the inward investment from “concerned parties”.
The reporting to date by the majority of media companies on FLA marches, with one or two notable exceptions, has been largely absent, negative or outright false. Much of your own musings contains ludicrously fallacious equivocations to a dangerous part of our history that takes some fairly acrobatic mental effort to entwine with the FLA.
This is not going to be a new chapter in parallel version Christopher Brownings “Ordinary Men”.
Unfortunately, and somewhat predictably, the far left has already attempted to poorly describe and define the FLA, through the distorted lens and ignorant judgement, no fact checking here please, let’s just make up our own.
Hysterical socialists and others of your ilk, regurgitate the race card narrative at every opportunity, under the premise that the FLA should be caricatured and smeared as a “far-right” organisation whilst providing scant evidence to justify disingenuously and almost always, misrepresentative, lies and deceit.
Unfortunately and rather tediously, the FLA has to perpetually indulge this nonsense, needlessly countering ridiculously baseless claims which are presented as “factual” by organisations such as “Stand Up To Racism” (SUTR) “Hope not Hate” and other communist offshoot organisations that seek to mould anything not of themselves as adversarial, an imagined enemy, so they can smugly justify their bigotry and paradoxical racism whilst keep those lucrative revenue streams flowing.
Tell kids ghost stories and they’ll grow up believing in ghosts.
The irony is that SUTR/Hope Not Hate are quite possibly two of the most dishonest organisations that exist in the UK, with their loathing of anything that doesn’t subscribe the Marxist playbook. Their contemptuous virtue signalling and maliciousness character assassinations they flood social media with are simply astonishing. The attempted “doxxing” and smearing campaigns almost always contain scant evidence or anything resembling “facts” to support the claims they make.
Why do the charities commission, government and media agencies facilitate and actively resource such disingenuous and divisive activity?
Throughout its infancy, the FLA has gone to great lengths to separate itself publicly from any provocative “extremist” groups such as BNP, EDL and Britain First. Hateful and tired, old xenophobic and racist bile is not recognised nor welcome in any way by the FLA, the FLA reject such divisive ideology. Many of their most active members and affiliates are from a plethora of ethnic backgrounds. As with any large social media group, it’s almost impossible to vet every single member.
The irony is that far left groups are constantly using the “not all Muslims” mantra yet if one member of the FLA make a derogatory remark that group administrators have missed, the far left label the entire group as racists, what a damning contradictory position to take.
If you examine the last two major FLA marches you’ll see many colours, religions and creeds walking together, however, the far left only see what they want to see, then report on what they want you to see – writing with snide, bigoted remarks around the FLA’s lack of intelligence, academic ability, intellect and education standards, this is disgusting and shameful behaviour. The majority of the FLA demographic come from the harshest of backgrounds, from the roughest estates, they never had the chance, unlike the middle-class graduates exposed to the Marxist leanings of academia, they were, fortunately, never exposed to such leftfield bias.
To offer some further insight into how strongly the FLA feel about race and Muslims in particular, I’ll share this statement I pulled from their Facebook group – it’s from “Rules for the FLA” – which now collectively has over 100,000 members across social media.
Once you read it, please, feel free to highlight the racism.
The FLA accepts no form of racism, xenophobia, homophobia or indeed any form of bigotry.
All race, religion (and none) class, gender and social creed are welcome here and are indeed, encouraged to join us.
The FLA, for the moment, is non-politic, however, we have a common denominator, which is to peacefully challenge the dangerous threat manifesting inside the United Kingdom – Islamism.
The FLA will stand up to extremism in ALL forms wherever it presents itself. The FLA will exercise the right to free speech, which we belive is also under threat. We will stand against tyrannical ideology that exists across any discourse, particularly when it is an existential threat to our way of life, values and culture.
One more important point you need to understand.
Not all Muslims are Islamist, nor are they extremists, no one religion suffers more because of Fundamentalist Islam than other Muslims. It’s important you accept that, if you cannot then the FLA is not the place for you”.
Thanks – FLA admin
The organisation has made it quite clear on all social media platforms that racism, xenophobia, homophobia and bigotry are unwelcome. Several extreme right-wingers have already attempted to hijack the movement and have subsequently been ejected/banned from all FLA social media and activities, they are not, and never will be, welcome at the FLA. They are overwhelmingly rejected by the group.
Worryingly, administrators of the FLA have also reported fake accounts being created with the sole purpose of dumping racists remarks across their group pages in an attempt to frame them – the FLA suspect this mischievous activity to originate from would be detractors on the hard left, to manufacture and report lies about the FLA, so they can project a negative image and spread false information on members that don’t actually exist. I don’t even know where or how to begin with this kind of behaviour, it’s truly hideous.
As I have such an inquisitive nature with all things political, I have taken the time to find out for myself what the FLA represent (which is what everyone should strive to do) only to find it is far removed from the sensationalism and deceptive reports spewing out of certain leftist media platforms.
Clearly, the FLA cannot control who appears at their marches, although the FLA will repudiate unpalatable, high profile political characters, they will not and simply cannot deny freedom of speech or freedom of assembly to anyone, even if they disagree with what is being espoused.
They cannot and will not be held guilty by association. Especially the relative dynamic Hope Not Hate embrace (I know a guy who heard this guy, who spoke to the woman, who attended this event = RACIST!)
It’s also worth noting that there hasn’t been a single arrest at any of their four key events, irrespective of the goading and baiting by SUTR. All marches have been good-natured and highly praised by the Metropolitan Police. Considering these are groups of men who have been confronting each other at football matches for over 40 years. As they believe that the scourge of Islamism is not being held to account by the very people elected to defend them, the fight against Islamism has bound them together. At the Vets march in Newcastle, Hope Not Hate took social media to announce that local Muslim women were “spat on” the UK Veterans march, the Veterans contested the accusation, no complaint was made on the day by anyone, this was confirmed by the Police checking over CCTV and after a local media investigation they found not one shred of evidence, no victim. Hope Not Hate had simply made the whole thing up and left the story open for days, despite repeated requests to take the story down. This ladies and Gentlemen are typical of these organisations, what they don’t know, they make up. They do this because they need to mould you as something subversive, they seed concern where none exists. Just to ensure the funding keeps rolling in, to maintain the illusion that the UK has a dangerous “far right”. The reality is they only exist in the warped minds of the far left.
TO THE FLA
Why this incredible change in the dynamic of this subculture? This massive mobilisation of the politically inert working class is indicative of the seriousness and scale of the Islamist problem in the UK – one we must all confront. A grassroots movement like the FLA would have been unimaginable years ago, inconceivable to many, especially the Police, who I’m sure are bewildered and sorely missing their Saturday overtime!
The reported “attacks on political correctness” by the FLA – as often (and only) reported by socialists – are perfectly legitimate “attacks” given the wide narrative of false reporting and misleading information being pushed out by the left and in particular, prominent figures of Jeremy Corbyn’s neo-Marxist Labour party. Sometimes the victimhood narrative becomes tiresome, the identity politics confusing and cultural relativism just, boring to read and hear.
50,000 FLA marching in London 2017
These far left organisations masquerading as champions of public virtue, seek to close the free speech environment, to make sure that open, honest and even factual dialogue or reporting on Islamism and its inextricable link to terrorism, remains absent from the public discourse.
Now that the far left has made the subject of Islamism toxic, ordinary everyday people are terrified to speak about it in any way for fear of collective bullying or being singled out by far-left groups with deep media connections. ( see “searchlight/Labour proxy”) They develop disgusting smear and shame campaigns which they execute relentlessly, they relish their attempts to discredit and shut down anyone who isn’t an identikit automaton in their pursuit of subjective cultural relativism and victimhood. Remember Black Mirror’s “Hated in the Nation”? It’s becoming frighteningly accurate.
In the Weekly Worker article, James completely fails to mention the why the FLA came to exist. It makes no mention of it because people like Harvey and his cronies at SUTR can’t face the problem, they won’t name the problem due to ideological paralysis caused by asymmetrical desire towards their socialist utopia, Muslim’s fail to see that the same group will turn on them when the time is right, know your history. Right now though they share the same ideological DNA with people who love to Indiscriminately murder innocents across London and Manchester, a subversive, hideous and poisonous ideology that’s eating away inside Islam, that appears on the mass media newsfeeds every single day in life across the globe, relentlessly wreaking havoc through its ideological manifestation of perpetual violence and hatred. When was the last time you watched the news and Islam wasn’t part of the story?
Islamism and its relationship with the hard left in the UK are like necrosis of the flesh, it consumes each organ piece by piece until the entire vessel is ultimately digested and rendered inert.
The far left has developed a curious symbiosis with terrorism. Which really should be no surprise given Jeremy Corbyn’s past relationship with terrorist organisations.
The far left has wholly embraced Islamic cultural utility and Muslim victimhood and it entwined into its hideous game of identity politics, pushing an agenda that attempts to close down dialogue that doesn’t advance their own Marxist pursuits. The left claim to represent the identity of working class, bastions of the underdog, the downtrodden, but we all know that’s simply not true. “Working class” only seems to fit on the agenda of the left when it’s “the right kind” of working class. Actual, real concerns such as immigration expressed by this group are casually dismissed as racist or xenophobic on a whim, even real-world evidence-based data on the impact of uncontrolled mass migration, which is a legitimate concern, tend to be ignored, overlooked and in many cases, censored.
Any attempt by working classes to raise the issue of migration and how it may play a part in importing extremism will leave them caricatured and cartooned by the left as thuggish, too stupid, inarticulate, uneducated, not part of the intellectual or academic elite, perpetually ignored, opinions discarded, thrown on the scrapheap to bear no relevance or significance. Opinions that are belittled through a bigotry of low expectation.”
Shut up, dear troglodytes,” they sneer at you. Troglodytes who are perceived to sit at the bottom of this social demographic, struggling to articulate the right words, to express themselves with precision.
For once, I encourage the far left to actually reflect and consider why some people shout slogans such as “we want our country back”? Can’t you hear it? It’s a fucking plea, they’re trying to let you know they’ve been forgotten, they’re shouting “what about me?” they feel like they’ve been left behind far too often. Just try to view the world through their lens, consider for once if the triggers are actually legitimate. If you peel back the layers, you’ll find the same poverty, the same despair, some just don’t want to acknowledge it and where they do, they seek to oppress or extinguish it.
A working class that feel like they’ve been left behind by progressives, alienated by a political elite who have no use for them anymore, the communities they grew up in have become unrecognisable ghettos, they walk out of the front door and feel like strangers in a strange land. They feel like they are being erased.
There now exists an ugly disconnect between communities, all communities, communities that once spoke to each other – they’ve become completely fractured and fragmented. Successive governments have spectacularly implemented failed multicultural policies (by their own admission) that have led to massive integration failures that foster nothing more than ever growing suspicion and resentment, the loss of traditional social structures, identity and belonging is disappearing into a bitter, nihilistic void. What remains is anger, anger at never being asked.
Since the 60’s, when the French Marxist philosophers realised they weren’t going to get their way (because of Capitalism and its habit of lowering absolute poverty) the left started to embrace and engage in the identity game. Why this is a problem for members of the FLA is that it’s just not your identity they want. You see, to the Marxist mind, each identity has value and worth and yours isn’t worth much to them, there is no social or political mileage they can attribute to it, you’re too white, too privileged. Remember only white people can be racist!
The far left will continue to manufacture and exploit enemies across subgroup categories, to enhance their own smug virtue signalling and political agenda, all the while, encouraging suspicion, disharmony and dislike between social groups – making themselves look “the good guys” at your expense whilst seeking the next most marginalised group to hijack. You see their endgame is to create chaos then offer the solution.
So, to get back to the question in your article – “Is it really a precursor to a new variant of far-right street politics and even a mass fascist movement? – The answer is fairly absolute – no, it’s not and to think otherwise be is puerile idiocy.
There isn’t, nor will there ever be a re-emergence of fascism in the UK as claimed. If there is, be certain the FLA will stand alongside every other sane human in rejecting it. To suggest or even infer the FLA could be part of such destructive ideology would be comical if it wasn’t so offensive to the ordinary men, women, children and war veterans of all races that have participated in their marches. It is Islamofascism the FLA are standing up to. It was their fathers who fought the tyranny of “old fascism” – do you realise how demeaning this accusation is to them?
There is too much hysteria and mischief at play. It’s a pointless interventional knee-jerk to a street movement that the far left simply don’t understand or don’t want to. It’s time to stop the ridiculously unfounded accusations and adversarial dynamic. Judge the FLA by what they do, not on what you claim they intend to do or how you wish to define them. By refusing to do so, you are willfully creating and encouraging conflict when in all seriousness, none is necessary.
The FLA is nothing more than a working-class, grassroots movement, driven by an anti-extremism agenda, a desire is to see Islamism (not Islam) eliminated as a constant threat to UK national security is in everyone’s interest.
The FLA was formed by a collective of concerned football fans after the Manchester bombing, fans who have put aside their tribal differences to collaborate and act as a UK pressure group against Islamic extremism, to draw attention at what they believe is a government with no actual substance to a working domestic policy when it comes to contending with one of the evilest ideologies to emerge inside the UK and wider Europe since the second world war.
Finally, the government’s policy “Operation constrain” confirmes that this government has miscalculated the wishes of the people, this policy was the final nail in the coffin of public tolerance on Islamism.
Offering council homes a bribe to returning Jihads who wish nothing more than the destruction of our civilisation is insanely insulting to the citizens of this country, especially when we have 7000 ex-servicemen sleeping on the streets across the UK, and tens of thousands of homeless children. This isn’t progressivism, this is the complete abandonment of reason, of the rule of law, of common sense and UK citizens. You are not sheltering us from violence, you’re sheltering the would-be mass murderers. You are prioritising those who don’t even recognise our right to live.
The Weekly Worker article goes on to state in its final paragraph “Movements like the FLA show that wide sections of society are alienated from bourgeois politics and that they will attempt to find different outlets and forms to express that discontent”
Though your overall concerns around the FLA are baseless, this sentiment is fairly accurate. The FLA is not a “fly by night” populist movement, they are a necessary organisation that offers representation to people who feel there is none, a voice of reason and an outlet for those who have been ignored by the left/right elite for far too long.
The FLA is still very much in its infancy, it will continue to grow, organising itself through legal, peaceful means. They have over 120,00 on Facebook, each club with its affiliations, growing exponentially.
The Football Lads Alliance intend to have their say on the future of their country. They will have a voice that means to be heard, the numbers are far too massive to ignore. What they become, what they look like going forward, who knows – but one thing is for sure, whilst there have been small teething problems and some trivial internal differences, the Football Lads Alliance, in whatever manifestation it goes on to take, is certainly here for the long term and in this current climate, will only go from strength to strength.
The next march on the 24th of March 2018 in Birmingham will be the biggest yet.