Now this is very odd. A Telegraph blogger commenting on a left wing publication again, this time Daniel Hannan on an interview with John Cruddas Labour MP for Dagenham interviewed by the Guardian. And as Hannan says, for the first seven minutes he is quite sensible. He shows how he has retained his seat and the loyalty of his constituency workers for so long. Local accent, charm, humour, he knows how much a season ticket at West Ham costs (not mentioned he also sponsors Dagenham and Redbridge FC ) and he seems down to earth. Then right at the end, he says, and I'll quote Daniel Hannan first
John Cruddas, the conscience of Old Labour, comes across as a decent enough sort until right at the end, when he says something utterly extraordinary: "What worries me more [than the BNP] is the English Defence League because they are tied into key elements of what could be a prospective Tea Party". What? What?
What he actually says is even more startling. After describing the massive de-industrialisation of Dagenham, and the extraordinary rate of demographic change, and that the BNP are a symptom of the Globalisation which ripped through the microclimate of Dagenham, he says
"But what worries me more is the English Defence League, because they are tied in, through certain key individuals, er, er, key elements of what could be a er, prospective Tea Party, certain forms of Evangelical Churches, some big funders and its worrying, well it worrys me, and its lived out on the streets, its day to day, out there on the streets, and its anchored in sport and working class culture, and I think its very, very, worrying".
The Evangelical Churches in Dagenham are black African Churches, like the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry that now occupies the old Princess Bowling Alley (bowling moved to a splendid new alley in the Warner entertainment village next to the cinema about a mile away). Proof that the EDL is not racist, which is what makes them impossible to easily dismiss.
As Daniel Hannan says, the Tea Party is mainstream, moderate and reasonable. To quote him
More moderate, certainly, than Mr Cruddas's palaeo-socialism which, to his credit, even he admits will never win an election.
I think we have the establishment worried. Watch them try to crack down.