A couple of years ago, Southend News Network published a fake news story about bikinis being banned on beaches in Southend On Sea for ‘cultural and religious reasons’ – a story that is obviously fake right from the very headline because everyone knows that it never gets warm enough in Southend to wear one!
Although it was shared on a number of prominent Facebook and Twitter pages at the time (Tommy Robinson’s now defunct Twitter page included), it has now come to light that the English Defence League’s official radio station decided to cover it at length as well.
Not only did they read the story out in full, but they also proceeded to analyse it, get incredibly gammon-faced about it, and to top it all off another guest then turns up to tell them that it is bollocks – perhaps the lady called ‘Hydrangea’ was a clue.
They try to justify it by saying that it is something that could actually happen, and the back-pedalling begins.
The original broadcast online is described as:
Welcome to the English Defense League Radio Show, with your Host, Geoff Mitchell and Panelists, Jan Rennie and Dave Milner, where we discuss the issues of the week.
This *is* the place where we are not afraid to discuss the issues that the newspapers, TV, and terrestial radio won’t touch. You will hear the truth, and can join the discussion, which we encourage! (This is an open line talk radio program).
We engage in dialogue pertaining to the facts, not the polished and anonymous half-truths that the authorities and MSM present in an attempt to throw you into a state of complacency.
It starts with a recording of Churchill (we think) and some cheesy ballad about supporting the EDL, but for your benefit we have cut the ten minutes of action from the two and a half hour spectacular below.
Apologies for the broadcast quality and sound dropouts, but it’s all a bit Mickey Mouse.
Just in case you fancy skipping to the part where one presenter goes ‘full gammon’ and tells them all to go back to their own country if they don’t like it, we have pasted it below.
The original story is here, and we have highlighted the ol’ red herrings in bold below. Most of them anyway.
English beaches BAN BIKINIS for cultural reasons
Tourism chiefs in the English seaside resort of Southend On Sea have announced that three beaches on the seafront will run a trial this summer where ladies will be asked to cover up while sunbathing.
According to an email that has been seen by Southend News Network, these so-called ‘Modesty Beach Areas’ will be set up to attract visitors from all over the UK who may be uncomfortable with the sight of ‘excessive bare female skin’ for a number of either cultural or religious reasons.
Diane Verss is head of the Working Group for Southend Tourism Inclusion and Equality, and she accepted our request for an interview.
She said: ‘We asked 500 people from East London and North London if they would consider a visit to the beach at Southend, and 37% said that they didn’t want to be exposed to Essex-based female flesh and have been choosing Brighton or Eastbourne instead.’
‘This got us thinking, and within a few minutes of receiving the report we decided that the town could benefit from three dedicated beaches where ladies are required to cover up for the overall enjoyment of everyone in the area.’
‘Privacy screens will be erected around these areas so that other beach users can continue to enjoy our miles of golden sands and crystal blue waters.’
It is thought that the three ‘Modesty Beaches’ will be located in Chalkwell, Westcliff and Shoeburyness, and sources have said that the spaces will be created by relaxing the current restrictions on dog walkers using certain beach areas.
Unfortunately, human rights experts have condemned the move. Petunia Clematis-Hydrangea of the Southend Humanitarian Equality Liberation Foundation said: ‘This is a disgraceful abuse of the Human Rights Act by the very people who are responsible for making Southend’s beaches accessible to everyone.’
‘Why should people who feel uncomfortable with bare female flesh be trapped in what will essentially be ‘beach ghettoes’? If the trial is successful, surely it could be extended to the entire seafront from Chalkwell to Shoeburyness, with an exclusion zone around key tourist attractions.’