The Times newspaper has asserted that an anti-terrorism group called Football Lads Alliance (FLA) is “racist” because members “booed and hissed loudly” at the mention of radical Islam.
In an anonymous article, Britain’s “paper of record” said the FLA represented the coming together of “far-right nationalism and football hooliganism” and harbours “a distinct undercurrent of racism”, utilising “jingoistic songs sung by England” fans, as well as “invoking the glories of Empire” as evidence.
As the numbers in Birmingham grew, stickers were distributed on which the words “Make Britain Great Again” surrounded the image of a red and blue lion. Placards were held aloft, which read “No to Sharia Law”, “Leave the EU” or carried the welcoming logo of For Britain, a red and blue trident, not dissimilar to a pitchfork.
The “pitchfork” to which the Times refers is actually Trident — the same name as Britain’s nuclear deterrent — which has long been a symbol of Britain’s historically strong navy.