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UK political extremists riot, hang effigies, drink on campaign trail

By Andy Capper, Vice UK Editor
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UK extremists riot, hang effigies
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • VBS follows those with alternative political views as they walk campaign trail
  • Crew met different groups with extreme yet varied approaches to voicing opinion
  • Anarchists seem OK when they're not lynching and beheading effigies
  • Right-wingers not as amusing, even apart from their drunken race-baiting
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London, England (VBS.TV) -- To celebrate the only British general election anybody has cared about since Tony Blair became prime minister in 1997, VBS.tv made a short film about the whole fiasco.

We followed a gang of young politicians on the campaign trail from Labour, Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats as well as the people who use more extreme approaches to expressing their political views.

Unsurprisingly, it was the extremists who provided the most entertaining bits of the film.

First, we met Class War or The National Council For Redemption And Salvation And The Restoration Of Democracy. Whatever you would prefer to call them, the umbrella term for these guys is "anarchist," and their leader Ian Bone was once called "the most dangerous man in the UK" by a tabloid newspaper.

Aside from lynching and beheading effigies of the main political parties while screaming, "Fascist scum!" what we found with the anarchists was that they were quite a personable and intelligent lot, with a deep thread of black comedy underlining all their actions.

See the rest of UK Election Extremists at VBS.TV

Less appetizing were the far-right British National Party and their thuggish offshoot, the English Defence League, which is essentially a large group of football hooligans who hold drunken "political marches" that entail shouting racist slogans at people they deem not English.

We followed them on their rampage around Westminster to find out what they think of major political issues, and how a group who are known for chanting, "Allah is a paedo" can call themselves "a nonracist group fighting for the British people."

The EDL also hold huge banners that say: "Down with Communism," which is weird considering the only Communists we came across in the making of this film were a bunch of sweet little boys wearing "Cuba" patches on their army surplus fatigues. We met some of them as well.

 
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