Communist enemy of free speech Weyman Bennett and his minions are upset about EDL leader Tommy Robinson being asked to speak at the Oxford Union. The debate being held is about nationalism, given the EDL are a patriotic group. Tommy Robinson would seem a pretty good choice of guest to have or so you would think. After all we live in a democratic society and not under some Islamic dictatorship or oppressive communist police state. The far left fascists UAF disagree with a British patriot being invited to discuss nationalism in Britain because that isn’t the same views they have and utterly condemn the EDL leader being invited. They would much preferred a homophobic, jihad loving Islamic hate preacher or a Jew hating anti British communist traitor was invited instead. In which case there would be no objections and they would openly support.
Bennett is not happy man, he is that angry he is foaming at the mouth and has been quick to demand the Oxford union withdraw the invitation and issue an immediate apology for inviting a fascist to speak. He has warned if not the UAF will mobilize its.”anti-fascist activists’ and’ ‘trade unionists’ which basically means communists, failed students who now live in a squat and addicted to heroin,middle class tree huggers and a few Muslim extremists from one of their allied Islamofascist organizations for a peaceful protest………LOL,… UAF and peaceful protest in the same sentence. Now he is taking the piss. Since when have the UAF ever held peaceful protests??
Controversy as EDL leader asked to speak at Oxford Union
Tommy Robinson, co-founder and current leader of the English Defence League, has been invited to debate at Oxford Union.
A current member of the Union, Simon Blackaby, tweeted Robinson to ask him if he would participate in a debate on the issue of nationalism.
Robinson responded to the tweet, asking to exchange numbers. Nonetheless, Blackaby, despite being a member of the Union, is not authorised to decide who may or may not speak at the Union.
The invitation has already drawn criticism from pressure groups.
The joint national secretary of Unite Against Fascism (UAF), Weyman Bennett, strongly condemned the invitation by a member of Oxford Union.
“They should remove the invitation, and they should apologise for issuing an invitation in the first place,” he said of the decision. “To give Tommy Robinson a respectable position to speak is to give respectability to his ideas.”
The president of Oxford Union, Parit Wacharasindhu, defended the Union’s decision to invite Robinson: “The Oxford Union is a debating society founded on the principle of free speech. It provides a neutral arena where political views can be aired so long as they are contested. No speakers are ever given a platform nor are their views ever endorsed by the society or any of the individuals in it.”
He added: “Mr Robinson was thought of as a potential speaker for a debate on nationalism for which he is deemed to be relevant and the format of which ensures his views are extensively questioned and scrutinised. Understandably, there are security concerns – an issue raised by both parties – which need to be resolved before we can consider sending through a formal invitation letter.”
Bennett confirmed that, should Robinson accept his invitation to speak, UAF had every intention to stage a peaceful demonstration.
The EDL was founded in 2009 and describes itself as a ‘human rights organisation’.
Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Lennon, was one of the founding members of the EDL and has led the organisation since 2009. He was recently arrested while on what he claimed was a charity walk near the scene of the Woolwich terror attack.
This is not the first time Oxford Union has invited criticism over its choice of speakers. In 2007 the decision to invite Nick Griffin, leader of the BNP, and David Irving, a historian who has denied the existence of the Holocaust, erupted into protests outside the Union, which later disrupted the talk itself.
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