Robin: I’d turn back the clock over EDL meeting

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A SUSPENDED Tory councillor has explained his thinking behind attending a meeting of an extremist protest group.

Blaine Robin, a Southend councillor for Kursaal ward, landed in hot water with party leaders after he was spotted at a rally organised by the English Defence League.

His Conservative membership was suspended last week, pending an internal investigation.

Mr Robin argued he gone to the meeting simply to find out more about his constituents’ views, but admitted he would “turn back the clock” if he could. He said: “I went on the invitation of a resident who was keen to show that racism isn’t in his make-up.

“I’m an academic with an inquisitive mind. The hope was to have access to hard-to-reach groups or complex groups.”

Although Mr Robin attended the meeting in Southend in August, his party membership was only suspended last week when the furore among political rivals reached boiling point.

Tory leaders admitted they had already known about Mr Robin being spotted at the rally, but said they had to take action after the information started spreading across the internet.

In a filmed excerpt of the meeting, EDL leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon is seen to be apparently praising Mr Robin for being willing to listen to “the free message of the English Defence League”.

However, Mr Robin insisted he had no links to the movement and said he would take more care of how his actions were perceived.

He said: “What I’m learning is I have many hats. I’m a Christian, I’m a black man, I’m a councillor.

“I’ve learned I have to be responsible, wherever I go.”

Mr Robin faces a national office hearing to find out if he can remain a Tory Party member. However, he refused to criticise the decision to suspend him.

He added: “When I grew up, the Conservatives presided over a climate when the views and role of black people were placed at a minimum. But when I joined, I said I wanted to make a difference so that history didn’t need to repeat itself.

“The Conservative Party, for me, represented a party that pushed forward and brought in everybody from all walks of life.”

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8:46pm Wed 12 Oct 11

Brunning999 says...

Good luck to the guy I would vote for him at least he listens to other political views.

The trouble is with the labour 'die hards' and the Tory 'thro and thro' blue bloods they never listen and learn.
Good luck to the guy I would vote for him at least he listens to other political views. The trouble is with the labour 'die hards' and the Tory 'thro and thro' blue bloods they never listen and learn. Brunning999

10:20pm Wed 12 Oct 11

EstuaryView says...

"Tory leaders admitted they had already known about Mr Robin being spotted at the rally, but said they had to take action after the information started spreading across the internet."

Or rather, when Chainsaw spotted a golden opportunity to grab his seat!!

I quite agree with Brunning999 that there is a lot of bigotry in both of the main political parties.

But Councillor Robin seems open minded enough to take the trouble (and now the flak) to go and find out for himself what his constituents' views are really like. That shows commitment.

And you have to hand it to him, being Black he had a lot of courage to attend a meeting like that.

So, although I do not know Councillor Robin personally, I feel inclined to believe that unlike his fellow party members, he is not a bigot.

Which rather begs the question: what is he doing with the Tories?

In my view the best outcome would be if Councillor Robin joined the Independents.

:-)
"Tory leaders admitted they had already known about Mr Robin being spotted at the rally, but said they had to take action after the information started spreading across the internet." Or rather, when Chainsaw spotted a golden opportunity to grab his seat!! I quite agree with Brunning999 that there is a lot of bigotry in both of the main political parties. But Councillor Robin seems open minded enough to take the trouble (and now the flak) to go and find out for himself what his constituents' views are really like. That shows commitment. And you have to hand it to him, being Black he had a lot of courage to attend a meeting like that. So, although I do not know Councillor Robin personally, I feel inclined to believe that unlike his fellow party members, he is not a bigot. Which rather begs the question: what is he doing with the Tories? In my view the best outcome would be if Councillor Robin joined the Independents. :-) EstuaryView

11:07pm Wed 12 Oct 11

Kim Gandy says...

He should do what other Tories - and other disaffected politicians are doing - and join UKIP.

If we were out of the EU, we could finally get to grips with all the problems we have in this country.

For starters, STOP PAYING THE FIFTY MILLION POUNDS A DAY it costs to be a member of this Communist regime that makes 80 percent of our laws - that's before we even think about bail outs for failing countries.

And then we could reclaim control of our borders and stop all the health tourism, benefit ponces and other assorted chancers coming into this country and taking our jobs.

And before you bleeding heart, yoghurt knitting planet savers start bleating, no I am NOT a racist. Save it for somebody who cares what you think. I am A REALIST.

Blaine Robin would do better in UKIP whose membership includes different nationalities, backgrounds and original political persuasions.

But are all united on one thing. THE EU is an epic fail. We need OUT and to control our own affairs and then perhaps there would be no need for the EDL. The Islamic extremist hatemongers would be banned for a start, so there would be no need for a counter group.

We are all too afraid to speak our minds these days. That time is coming to an end and Blaine Robin needs to realise that he would be better placed working with UKIP than the sinking Tories who are conserving nothing and therefore ought to be forced to change their name.

The only Tories left in the Tory party are champagne Socialists, Marxists and Communist.

We thought we had it bad under Labour. This lot are taking it to new heights.
He should do what other Tories - and other disaffected politicians are doing - and join UKIP. If we were out of the EU, we could finally get to grips with all the problems we have in this country. For starters, STOP PAYING THE FIFTY MILLION POUNDS A DAY it costs to be a member of this Communist regime that makes 80 percent of our laws - that's before we even think about bail outs for failing countries. And then we could reclaim control of our borders and stop all the health tourism, benefit ponces and other assorted chancers coming into this country and taking our jobs. And before you bleeding heart, yoghurt knitting planet savers start bleating, no I am NOT a racist. Save it for somebody who cares what you think. I am A REALIST. Blaine Robin would do better in UKIP whose membership includes different nationalities, backgrounds and original political persuasions. But are all united on one thing. THE EU is an epic fail. We need OUT and to control our own affairs and then perhaps there would be no need for the EDL. The Islamic extremist hatemongers would be banned for a start, so there would be no need for a counter group. We are all too afraid to speak our minds these days. That time is coming to an end and Blaine Robin needs to realise that he would be better placed working with UKIP than the sinking Tories who are conserving nothing and therefore ought to be forced to change their name. The only Tories left in the Tory party are champagne Socialists, Marxists and Communist. We thought we had it bad under Labour. This lot are taking it to new heights. Kim Gandy

1:31am Thu 13 Oct 11

ConcernedEssexBoy says...

If Mr Blaine Robin attended an English Defence League rally/meeting and didn't get any hassle off anyone the "EDL" can't be as bad as the likes of Unite Against Fascism, the Labour Party, and the left wing press, like The Guardian and The Mirror would have you believe.
The English Defence League have members who are from many ethnic backgrounds!

People have real concerns about what is going on behind the scenes in this country.
Mass Immigration is happening EVERY DAY in this country and is being covered up, AS THE AUTHORITIES CANNOT CONTROL IT!!

What worries me is that, in the last 2 weeks, experts in the news have said that we are due to have a second recession, one which this country has never seen before.
With people losing their jobs and mass immigration continuing EVERY DAY, where foriegn people are turning up and asking for benefits and housing, whats going to happen?

I don't have the answer.

Maybe the do-gooders, like left wing socialists like the songwriter Billy Bragg (The Bard of Barking), who loves multicultural Barking and Dagenham, but actually lives in a cliff-top Dorset, yes, Dorset on the south coast (not east London), detatched home (with sea views!), or ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair, when he's not doing book tours etc, have the answer.

Beware of the likes of Blair and Bragg. They are in it for the money, like most of the immigrants landing here each, AND EVERY day with a sorry excuse.
If Mr Blaine Robin attended an English Defence League rally/meeting and didn't get any hassle off anyone the "EDL" can't be as bad as the likes of Unite Against Fascism, the Labour Party, and the left wing press, like The Guardian and The Mirror would have you believe. The English Defence League have members who are from many ethnic backgrounds! People have real concerns about what is going on behind the scenes in this country. Mass Immigration is happening EVERY DAY in this country and is being covered up, AS THE AUTHORITIES CANNOT CONTROL IT!! What worries me is that, in the last 2 weeks, experts in the news have said that we are due to have a second recession, one which this country has never seen before. With people losing their jobs and mass immigration continuing EVERY DAY, where foriegn people are turning up and asking for benefits and housing, whats going to happen? I don't have the answer. Maybe the do-gooders, like left wing socialists like the songwriter Billy Bragg (The Bard of Barking), who loves multicultural Barking and Dagenham, but actually lives in a cliff-top Dorset, yes, Dorset on the south coast (not east London), detatched home (with sea views!), or ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair, when he's not doing book tours etc, have the answer. Beware of the likes of Blair and Bragg. They are in it for the money, like most of the immigrants landing here each, AND EVERY day with a sorry excuse. ConcernedEssexBoy

6:42am Thu 13 Oct 11

Brunning999 says...

ConcernedEssexBoy wrote:
If Mr Blaine Robin attended an English Defence League rally/meeting and didn't get any hassle off anyone the "EDL" can't be as bad as the likes of Unite Against Fascism, the Labour Party, and the left wing press, like The Guardian and The Mirror would have you believe.
The English Defence League have members who are from many ethnic backgrounds!

People have real concerns about what is going on behind the scenes in this country.
Mass Immigration is happening EVERY DAY in this country and is being covered up, AS THE AUTHORITIES CANNOT CONTROL IT!!

What worries me is that, in the last 2 weeks, experts in the news have said that we are due to have a second recession, one which this country has never seen before.
With people losing their jobs and mass immigration continuing EVERY DAY, where foriegn people are turning up and asking for benefits and housing, whats going to happen?

I don't have the answer.

Maybe the do-gooders, like left wing socialists like the songwriter Billy Bragg (The Bard of Barking), who loves multicultural Barking and Dagenham, but actually lives in a cliff-top Dorset, yes, Dorset on the south coast (not east London), detatched home (with sea views!), or ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair, when he's not doing book tours etc, have the answer.

Beware of the likes of Blair and Bragg. They are in it for the money, like most of the immigrants landing here each, AND EVERY day with a sorry excuse.
You forgot to mention the street anarchist's and street warriors 'The Socialist Workers Party'
The very group that were at every street dispute in the last 20 years including the Dale Farm outlaws camp.
These people should be ignored and shunned especially at all their street 'Stalls' re 'troops out' etc. SCUM end of.
[quote][p][bold]ConcernedEssexBoy[/bold] wrote: If Mr Blaine Robin attended an English Defence League rally/meeting and didn't get any hassle off anyone the "EDL" can't be as bad as the likes of Unite Against Fascism, the Labour Party, and the left wing press, like The Guardian and The Mirror would have you believe. The English Defence League have members who are from many ethnic backgrounds! People have real concerns about what is going on behind the scenes in this country. Mass Immigration is happening EVERY DAY in this country and is being covered up, AS THE AUTHORITIES CANNOT CONTROL IT!! What worries me is that, in the last 2 weeks, experts in the news have said that we are due to have a second recession, one which this country has never seen before. With people losing their jobs and mass immigration continuing EVERY DAY, where foriegn people are turning up and asking for benefits and housing, whats going to happen? I don't have the answer. Maybe the do-gooders, like left wing socialists like the songwriter Billy Bragg (The Bard of Barking), who loves multicultural Barking and Dagenham, but actually lives in a cliff-top Dorset, yes, Dorset on the south coast (not east London), detatched home (with sea views!), or ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair, when he's not doing book tours etc, have the answer. Beware of the likes of Blair and Bragg. They are in it for the money, like most of the immigrants landing here each, AND EVERY day with a sorry excuse.[/p][/quote]You forgot to mention the street anarchist's and street warriors 'The Socialist Workers Party' The very group that were at every street dispute in the last 20 years including the Dale Farm outlaws camp. These people should be ignored and shunned especially at all their street 'Stalls' re 'troops out' etc. SCUM end of. Brunning999

7:48am Thu 13 Oct 11

westcliff willi says...

Blaine, don t back track what you have done is right and you should say so.you have no need to apologise
Blaine, don t back track what you have done is right and you should say so.you have no need to apologise westcliff willi

8:52am Thu 13 Oct 11

captain mannering says...

Who can blame him for what he has done?! this country is going down the pan and it seems the EDL are the only ones to stick up for this country now. Even though im not part of it they are not as bad as the press make out, they're worried for the future of this country. I think everyone deep down has had enough with scum coming into the country causing trouble, e.g rapes, murders, robberies, knife crimes, rioting, burning poppies etc.
Who can blame him for what he has done?! this country is going down the pan and it seems the EDL are the only ones to stick up for this country now. Even though im not part of it they are not as bad as the press make out, they're worried for the future of this country. I think everyone deep down has had enough with scum coming into the country causing trouble, e.g rapes, murders, robberies, knife crimes, rioting, burning poppies etc. captain mannering

11:45am Thu 13 Oct 11

its only fair says...

HOW STUPID IS THIS ?
SO THE MAN IS NOT ALLOWED TO GO TO A MEETING ?
WAS THE MEETING ILLEGAL OR BANNED ?? NO !! SO WHERES THE PROBLEM ?? OH BECAUSE ITS THE EDL SO IF HE WENT TO A LEFT WING MEETING WOULD THE SAME THING HAVE HAPPEND ERRR NO !! BECAUSE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN CLASSED AS RACIAL WHAT A LOAD OF B*LLOCKS !!
SO WHAT ABOUT THE MP"S THAT MET THE ILLEGALL TRAVELLERS IS THAT OK ONLY THEY WHERE ACTUALLY BREAKING THE LAW !! SHOULDNT THEY BE SUSPENDED FOR TAKING THE SIDE OF LAW BREAKERS AINT THAT TREASON ??? WELL I THINK ALL THE MP2S THAT STOOD UP FOR THE TRAVELLERS SHOULD BE KICKED OUT MP STANDING UP FOR LAW BREAKERS WHAT NEXT THEY WILL BE DRIVING THEIR GET AWAY CARS !!!
HOW STUPID IS THIS ? SO THE MAN IS NOT ALLOWED TO GO TO A MEETING ? WAS THE MEETING ILLEGAL OR BANNED ?? NO !! SO WHERES THE PROBLEM ?? OH BECAUSE ITS THE EDL SO IF HE WENT TO A LEFT WING MEETING WOULD THE SAME THING HAVE HAPPEND ERRR NO !! BECAUSE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN CLASSED AS RACIAL WHAT A LOAD OF B*LLOCKS !! SO WHAT ABOUT THE MP"S THAT MET THE ILLEGALL TRAVELLERS IS THAT OK ONLY THEY WHERE ACTUALLY BREAKING THE LAW !! SHOULDNT THEY BE SUSPENDED FOR TAKING THE SIDE OF LAW BREAKERS AINT THAT TREASON ??? WELL I THINK ALL THE MP2S THAT STOOD UP FOR THE TRAVELLERS SHOULD BE KICKED OUT MP STANDING UP FOR LAW BREAKERS WHAT NEXT THEY WILL BE DRIVING THEIR GET AWAY CARS !!! its only fair

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