Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll Leave EDL


I never thought that my critique of EDL in my article Tommy mentions Islamism and the Scapegoating of Muslims might one day be accepted by him.

It seems the support I have given Quilliam has been deservedly placed.


Quilliam is proud to announce that Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll, the leaders of the anti-Islamist group, the English Defence League (EDL), have decided to leave the group. Having set up the EDL, infamous for its street protests, in 2009, they wish to exit this group, because they feel they can no longer keep extremist elements at bay.
Tommy Robinson said:

“I have been considering this move for a long time because I recognise that, though street demonstrations have brought us to this point, they are no longer productive. I acknowledge the dangers of far-right extremism and the ongoing need to counter Islamist ideology not with violence but with better, democratic ideas.”

Quilliam has been working with Tommy to achieve this transition, which represents a huge success for community relations in the United Kingdom. We have previously identified the symbiotic relationship between far-right extremism and Islamism and think that this event can dismantle the underpinnings of one phenomenon while removing the need for the other phenomenon.

We hope to help Tommy invest his energy and commitment in countering extremism of all kinds, supporting the efforts to bring along his former followers and encouraging his critique of Islamism as well as his concern with far-right extremism. We call all of Tommy’s former colleagues in the EDL to follow in his footsteps and also call on Islamist extremist leaders to follow this example and leave their respective groups. Tommy and Kevin believe the voice they have created can be channelled in a positive direction. Quilliam stands ready to facilitate such moves across the spectrum.

Quilliam Chairman and Co-Founder Maajid Nawaz said:

“As well as being a very positive change for the United Kingdom, this is a very proud moment for Quilliam. This represents not a change but a continuation for us, as challenging extremism of all kinds forms the basis of our work. We have been able to show that Britain stands together against extremism regardless of political views and hope to continue supporting Tommy and Kevin in their journey to counter Islamism and neo-Nazi extremism.”

Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog

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Filed under British Politics, British Society, Culture, Religion, secular

4 responses to “Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll Leave EDL

  1. The Syed Atheist

    Reblogged this on The Syed Atheist and commented:
    Never too late,right?

  2. I’ve seen Tommy Robinson say those exact things you mentioned in your previous article before. I’d never taken him seriously before and the problem is exactly as you state it. The screams of racist, bigot and such, screeches actually, especially from Saira Khan on free speech:, using ad hominem for an easy clap from an audience / the public. I’d never felt sorry for him until then. He actually made some salient points, sat in that studio but I suppose it’s the loutish tactics and other things he says without sticking to the opposition to Islamists that denigrate the modicum of sense he made on that occasion.

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