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Thursday, 29 November 2012

New Kids on the Block - Meeting the English Volunteer Force (EVF)

Recently there has been much debate concerning the trajectory and longevity of the ‘counter jihad’/far right movement in the United Kingdom. With political parties like the British National Party (BNP) and British Freedom Party (BFP) scraping by with only minimal support, and alleged rifts and schisms within the street movements, many commentators theorise that the threat of the Right is subsiding. However, others believe that the splintering of groups such as the English Defence League (into Infidels, Casuals, and Combined Ex-Forces amongst others), does not signify the end of the far right, but instead indicates a dangerous move towards more extreme beliefs as the breakaway groups are not confined by social constraints or the need for mainstream ‘acceptance’.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

1.5 - TWO MUMS: With Two Sons in Afghanistan

26/7/2010: from Kate

Hi Anna

Just to let you know that Mikey's dad called this morning to say that all being well a helicopter should be picking Dale, Alex and Mikey up this evening for transfer to Bastion. At the moment he is still hopeful they will be on a direct flight either Friday or Saturday. He was very knowledgeable about various things and I wish we had been in touch sooner. Tomorrow he is going to Dave Hart's funeral in York Minster. I have thought about the funerals of the young men lost recently, and wondered if other families would attend on their sons’ behalf.

1.4 - TWO MUMS: With Two Sons in Afghanistan

16/7/2010: to Kate

Hallo again Kate,

Back in Blighty, now, and back on line.

Thanks for news of what's been going on in the last week - but could you please fill in the details as to what you were told - particularly regarding the 'pressing forward' you mention, and Dale's and Alex's journeys home (dv).

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

1.3 - TWO MUMS: With Two Sons in Afghanistan

30/6/2010: from Kate

Hi Anna

I asked Dale about Alex yesterday and told him to keep me up-dated as Alex might not be able to get in touch with you. He sent another email this morning. This is exactly what Dale wrote.

Alex’s doing fine, I wish I was there with him. It’s a good routine they have down there and relatively easy. Up here even in the middle of a war zone we have a dress code. Have to be in my issue sandals, shorts with belt and t-shirt tucked in. At a PB you just crack what you want. He isn't getting much food though as rations are limited.