This photograph has gone viral today, and I couldn’t resist sharing it here.
It was taken during a march by the fascist English Defence League in Birmingham yesterday. The young lady on the left is Saffiyah Khan, who was not part of the organised counter-demonstration but stepped forward when a group of EDL thugs surrounded another woman who was. The man on the right threatened her with his fists and a policeman intervened in an attempt to defuse the situation.
Ms Khan kept her hands in her pockets all the time, her smile conveying a sense of amused contempt that is truly an image for our times.
The man at the right in the picture is Ian Crossland, a leading figure in the EDL. He later wrote on Facebook that Ms Khan was “lucky she got any teeth left”.
By the way, here’s an excerpt from Mr Crossland’s Facebook page:Follow @telescoper