John Cruddas, writing in the Sunday Times, 24th October 2010.
...concerns with the EDL of today could simply be the early skirmishes in a much bigger future battle around English identity.
Government has attempted to tackle the question of national identity before, most recently with efforts by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. These were expressions of nationhood concocted in Westminster against a benign economic backdrop. Now all our political parties must search for an animating, inclusive and optimistic definition of modern England to choke off what the EDL taps into.
Some political parties are having none of that, they'd prefer to just tap directly into the EDL. Here's Steve Uncles of the English Democrats attempting to rally the anti-Islamist mob to the English political cause.
And here Steve is again wishing them a happy Trafalgar Day and being informed by the EDL Facebook administrator that he cannot advertise his party.
The very same Helen North is then spotted on the EDL page promoting the English Democrats "English & Proud" page.
And also promoting the "English Passport" page.
Another English Democrat supporting beauty, Anne Berkshire, also pops by to inform the EDL that there is a good source of recruits on the English Democrats "English & Proud" page.
Anne also suggests to EDL supporters that they might like to check out "English Passport".
Meanwhile a third English Democrat beauty, Brenda Hampshire, pops up to ask the English Defence League supporters if they would consider voting for Garry Bushell as London Mayor.
And as a bonus a fourth English Democrat beauty (who knew that there were so many lookers in the EDP?), Isla White, promotes the group Liberal Democrats - Ugly People with Ugly Policies to EDP supporters.
Makes you proud to be English, doesn't it?
Well, it does if you're the Chairman of the Tunbridge Wells English Democrats.