“I hate them, f***ing hate them, I hate them with a f***ing passion, more than I hate West Ham football club and that’s saying something because I hate them b***ards.” That’s a lot of hatred. It’s clear to see that Colin has pretty strong views about Muslims.
On Wednesday night, Channel 4 showed Angry, White and Proud, a fly-on-the-wall documentary centering around the South London Infidels, a Far-right movement, who were formed following the break-up of the English Defence League. Jamie Robinson was given direct access to this movement over the course of a year.
After the shootings in Paris last week, followed by Steven Emerson’s comments on Fox News, and Rupert Murdoch’s Twitter posts, the programme proved to be depressingly topical.
This is not a programme to watch if you are after a chilled out night in front of the TV (stick to EastEnders for that!). If, on the other hand, you are looking for something to get you angry and make you shout at the TV, then this programme is perfect. The people showed in the programme infuriate you so much. You really do question humanity after watching it. It is no exaggeration when I say that they make Nigel Farage seem like a tolerant, multicultural bloke. And that’s saying something!
When asked about how he got into Far-right movements, Colin replied: “It’s natural progression from being a tearaway as a youth, going into football violence, going into the far right”. No, no, that is definitely not natural progression. Being a tearaway as a youth does not naturally progress to inciting radical racist views!
What makes Colin’s views on immigrants even more shocking is that he himself is the son of an Italian mother and an Irish father, yet he still wants immigrants out of England.
We follow the group on the train to Brighton for the St George’s Day march where they are going to face-off against United Against Fascism, then later to a counter demonstration against Anjem Choudary, and finally up to Rotherham to protest against the child abuse scandal in which five Pakistanis were found guilty of child sexual abuse. Watching these demonstrations, it seemed as if a lot of the people were just there to get involved in the violence and to get the buzz that comes with it, rather than actually protesting. It looked like a lot of the demonstration was primarily hooliganism disguised as an ideological battle. Colin described the buzz that you get from demonstrating as like taking hardcore drugs.
However, towards the end of the show some of my faith was restored when it seemed as if Colin had finally seen sense. While all of the others were in Rotherham he was at home, contemplating distancing himself from the movement and re-evaluating his views, declaring “All this crap I’ve been getting myself involved with is not mostly to do with the hatred of other people and what they’re up to, it’s because I don’t actually like myself.” And, as much as I hate to say this about a person who goes around inciting hatred and racism, I started to feel a bit sorry for him.