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Mail provides material for EDL (again)

June 19, 2011

The Mail seems to have a love/hate relationship with the EDL.  For example, use the search function on the Mail website and it throws up results like this:

Then it will publish a story such as Banners advertising Armed Forces Day removed after complaints they ‘glorify the war in Afghanistan’, containing the claim from David Mills, chairman of Andover’s Royal British Legion, that;

‘It is a fix. Our boys deserve better than this – they are our heroes. I am outraged with Test Valley Borough Council.

‘The council removed five banners after five people complained they glorified the war in Afghanistan. Other signs have not been removed.’

Predictably, a link to this story has been posted on the EDL’s fanpage:

The problem is, further on in the Mail story, Test Valley Councillor Ian Carr is quoted as saying;

‘They are dangerous on roundabouts because they distract drivers and that is why we removed them,’ he said.

‘Their display was unlawful because they contravened the advertising regulations.

‘We apply the law consistently and have to be seen to be doing so.’

So, which is it, Daily Mail?  Were the banners removed due to complaints that they glorify war, or was it because they were unlawful?  I’ll be contacting both Test Valley Borough Council and the Andover British Legion to see what they say, and will publish any reply I get in full.

*Posted with thanks to the Exposing racism and intolerance member who sent me this*

***UPDATE*** No reply so far from either party named in this story.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. jon permalink
    June 19, 2011 3:32 pm

    Maybe the EDL’s members are beginning to read the Mail? I don’t see why else it’d bother to pander to them…

    I look forward to see what your digging brings up.

    • June 19, 2011 5:56 pm

      EDL members have always used Mail links as propaganda on their Facebook pages. However, whenever the Mail criticises them, members call for a boycott. Sadly, they only seem to read the headlines rather than looking for the truth buried within the story.

  2. hobson permalink
    June 20, 2011 6:31 pm

    Don’t forget to contact the guy from the British Legion too. Why would he say “‘the council removed five banners after five people complained they glorified the war in Afghanistan”? It may be that he has got things wrong somehow, but he must have some reason for saying what he did.

    The thing is, I don’t find it at all hard to imagine council officers saying one thing to Mr Mills in private and then the council press office issuing a statement saying something quite different when a newspaper gets involved.

    I hope you won’t jump to any conclusions because of your clear dislike of the Daily Mail.

    • June 20, 2011 7:54 pm

      As I said in the blog post, I’ll be contacting both Test Valley Borough Council and the Andover British Legion. I have sent emails to both organisations, but I may have to phone the Legion because the emails are bouncing back to me with a message that Mr Mills has no such email address (after following the link on Andover British Legion contacts page). I quote; “A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its recipients. This is a permanent error. This user doesn’t have a account.”

      I have jumped to no conclusions, and will give both parties the right to reply. In my experience, the press are highly selective when quoting sources, whereas I will publish everything in full. I hope this meets with your approval.

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