Mail provides material for EDL (again)
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.