If you are one of the dwindling number of people who rely on the Biased Broadcasting Corporation (or other mainstream broadcast media) as your sole and exclusive source of news you may have quite reasonably been oblivious to the fact that 70,000 people marched in London on Saturday (7th October) to protest against the increase in terrorist acts, the rise of extremism, the lack of action taken by feeble politicians against both and the silencing of free speech.
The Football Lads Alliance (‘FLA’) march, organised by John Meighan, in association with Veterans Against Terrorism, was the second FLA march to take place in London following a march through the City of London on 24th June passing by St Paul’s Cathedral. The march on Saturday united thousands of working class football supporters from clubs right across the country, but was also joined by people from across society and all walks of life. On the march I spoke, among others, with a Buddhist, Gurkhas, various students and Paula Boddington, a doctor of philosophy and ethics researcher from Oxford University.
The march kicked off on Park Lane, with speeches given by ex SAS officer Phil Campion, two former police officers, another armed forces veteran and a representative of the Sikh Awareness Society, all broadcast to a vast sea of people from the top of a London vintage Routemaster bus. Alongside the bus were wreaths representing football clubs ranging from Spurs to Manchester United, from Stoke City to Chelsea. The wreaths would later be laid on Westminster Bridge, where five people were killed when an Islamic terrorist drove into them in March.
In stark contrast to ‘Antifa’ protests, where vehicles are regularly set on fire and police officers attacked, there was no violence – despite the vast numbers of people in attendance. Indeed the march passed off in good spirits and humour as the ocean of people flowed by en route to Parliament with many spectators cheering on from windows as it passed by Haymarket, The Mall and Whitehall.
Despite people from different races and ex Muslims attending the march, the Independent’s main concern appeared, as per usual, to be to root around to find any possible example of racism and ‘Islamophobia’. As such its coverage focused heavily on words spoken by a small number of participants. At the same time the online newspaper struggled to refer to the terrorist incident on Westminster Bridge in March as a terrorist attack, let alone terrorism inspired by Islam, describing it instead as a ‘vehicle ramming people’ while implying that chanting ‘England!’ was something negative.