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Irish blood, English heart make second generation Paddies a rebellious bunch

The nature of extremist politics always has a grim, carnivalesque side to it – the infighting, the splits, the oddballs – and Britain's far right is no exception.

Last week, the leader of the English Defence League (EDL), Tommy Robinson (pictured below), announced that he was leaving the faction he founded in 2009, claiming it had been infiltrated by neo-Nazis. For doing so, he was denounced a traitor by EDL members, while the more extreme British National Party condemned him as a "puppet of a deeply sinister clique from ... the US-based Jewish Supremacist movement". Back on planet Earth, mainstream activists have praised his decision, albeit cautiously.


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