The glee is palpable in mainstream news reports over Tommy Robinson's defection, along with co-founder Kevin Carroll and twelve other senior members, from the English Defence League, the organization he created to combat the Islamization of Britain. Robinson had led the EDL from 2009, turning it into the voice of Middle England. Now he claims the organization has been infiltrated by neo-Nazis.
"EDL leader Tommy Robinson turns his back on his own party over 'dangers of far-right extremism,'" trumpeted The Independent. BBC News reported that Robinson still aims to "counter Islamist ideology," but "not with violence but with better, democratic ideas." Sky News reported that "in order to solve what he sees as the problem of Islamist extremism in Britain, he needs to work with Muslims, not against them." Home Affairs Select Committee chair Keith Vaz, a notable pro-Islam advocate and Labour MP, went on record that "any resignation from the EDL is welcome. Mr. Robinson and Mr. Carroll have previously engaged, promoted, and expounded extreme views. Leaving the organization is an acceptance that their opinions incite hatred and their previous actions have unnecessarily cost the taxpayer thousands of pounds." The Tommy of the EDL would surely have been quick to point out that what incites hatred in England is Islamist violence and contempt for British institutions, not EDL resistance — but the Tommy Robinson who is now dissing his former organization hardly sounds like the person he once was.