On 8 October English Defence League leaders Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll quit the EDL.
Robinson said it was because of the “dangers of far-right extremism”.
According to the EDL-watching website “EDL News”, this “signals the end of the EDL”.
Unusually for a far-right group, the EDL has had no social programme and very little ongoing organisation. It has organised a series of street demonstrations, some fairly large, many small, often violent, since spring 2009. Nominally these are “against Islamic extremism”: in fact they are mostly mobilisations of gangs of football supporters who gather in pubs, drink heavily, and then go out looking for Muslims (or people who “look Muslim”) to harass.
Ever since the EDL emerged, Solidarity has argued that it is an unstable formation, but one with the built-in danger that it serves as a terrain within which a nucleus can regroup a new militant fascist organisation.
We still need to be on guard for that danger.