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The English Defence League has been denied permission to carry out their planned march through Tower Hamlets, an area of London with a high Muslim population. A wide coalition of local political figures, Muslim and LGBT groups and others asked Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to instigate a ban.
The Scottish Defence League, an offshoot of the English Defence League, has been refused permission to march in Edinburgh on the anniversary of 9/11.
Is it right to ban them?
The Daily Telegraph is reporting now that David Cameron is planning on returning to Britain. OK then. Care to sort out the economic crisis and Somalia while you’re in town?
I am more concerned by two other emergent stories. Apparently Birmingham is starting to see rioters. I am quite concerned about this one, not least because of personal ties to the city.
I am also growing concerned about the police’s attitude to twitter. The Telegraph reported “Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Kavanagh confirmed officers were looking at the website as part of investigations into widespread looting and rioting.” We might also see Blackberry directly cooperating with police to monitor the spread of the riots. This… somewhat unsettles me.
Where’s the government?
A lot of people are asking where is the government’s presence and leadership over the London Riots. I don’t believe they’re relevant.