If you said “nobody,” you’re not telling the truth. You see two, maybe three principal actors in this photograph and one of them is lower to you than a bug. It is a snapshot from a morality play with a hero who represents your aspirations, a villain representing those who want you gone, and a neutral party where pretense to neutrality is a lie.
Ian Crossland, EDL leader, told MailOnline their minute’s silence was disturbed by protesters. He said: “We were holding a minute’s silence for the victims of the Westminster and Stockholm terror attacks. But members of Unite Against Fascism were screaming ‘Nazi scum’ and spitting at us. Yes, I look angry, but who wouldn’t be if someone screamed and spat in your face?
“In the picture she [Saffiyah Khan] is laughing at me while I am telling her to get out of the demonstration and respect the silence. She’s laughing because she’s managed to disturb the demonstration, she’s completed her aim. She’s since claimed that we were abusing a woman in a headscarf. But that’s not true. We only shouted at them after they disrupted the minute’s silence. She is adjusting her story to suit her own ends. There are two sides to every story.”
The divorced 44-year-old father of three, who runs a building company in Sheffield, has been an EDL member since 2013. He said the EDL were protesting against the radicalisation of Muslims in Birmingham mosques.
One side talks about protesting racism and the other side talks about protesting terrorism. But those are just words you say because you might not tell yourself, certainly not the cameras, what the ancient hind-brain counsels: incinerate the toxic biomass.
The feeling of hate is your instinct directing your sympathy toward one or the other party in the photo because they represent your future. When two incompatible destinies occupy one land, as physics is guide, one or both of them will have to go.
In this case, it’s either the smirking welfare recipients protected by a “liaison officer” or the people who saw that their tolerance gave them nothing in return but their backs against the wall in their own home.