As others said before me, he never told any of his followers not to chant racist things. He created the EDL as a white supremacist organisation. White supremacists all believe they are a 'dying race' and 'ignored', all things he seems to support, in my view. He makes everything into a colour thing. Asian paedos, not just a paedophile problem in general.
And yes I know the Asian paedophiles had gangs, and were seen as 'untouchable' because of police not wanting to be seen as racist. But if they just arrested these people immediately, it wouldn't have created so much attention. White paedophiles seem to fly under the radar despite the fact its the same crime.
I grew up in a white majority small town. He fuels people like that. Me being half white never saved me either because people see one thing. She looks foreign so we're going to pick on her. He made it ok for people to publicly shout nasty racist comments at people like me.
It's not to say that speaking against things he disagrees with is not part of his character either. He has a very big mouth when it is time to trespass on private property and harass staff members on the premises, shouting in their faces. Yet when one of the co-organisers of one of his marches makes a statement like that, and the crowd cheers and starts to engage in the racist chanting he is silent as the grave. He was confronted about this on BBC Free Speech and his answer was along the lines of "nothing to do with me". How convenient
According to Yaxley-Lennon he was bullied a lot by Muslims, and that somehow gives him a free pass to be the wanker that he is today. It really grinds my gears when people use these kinds of excuses. Boo fucking hoo "Tommy", I have lost count of the number of racist bullies I have been subjected to, both in Saudi and in Catholic school. Is that an excuse to be a bigot? Absolutely not! The moment we start to lend any kind of support to people like him under the false belief that they're OK with us, just not those "others" is the moment that we lose. Because we're next once they're done with the Muslims or the Asians or whichever group they want to focus on now. That guy was a member of the BNP for a whole year and claimed that all the while he had no idea it was a racist party. Who even believes that? It's not like he admitted that he knew, but realised it was wrong and left once he changed his beliefs. He is a lying sleazeball who can't be trusted. Maajid Nawaz's far-right supporters were OK with him, he was the only Brown person that they liked. The moment he criticised Trump and Yaxley-Lennon he was under fire, with people all over his social media accounts calling him an Islamist, a terrorist sympathiser, telling him to go back to where he came from (yeah, totally not about race), you know how it goes.
So yeah, our enemy's enemy isn't always our friend.
The paedophiles from the Rotherham grooming gangs were racist without question. There may have been a minority of cases where a fear of being accused of racism did play a role but the failure of social services to act was by and large because they do not care about children from deprived backgrounds. Now they are blaming their own negligence on political correctness, but there is another side to it. Did political correctness force the police to label the girls as "undesirables" and treat them like dirt? Prisons have their fair share of ethnic minorities, how come all of a sudden they were afraid to arrest ethnic minorities under those circumstances?https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/27/poor-children-seen-as-worthless-rotherham-abuse-scandal