Bristol, to the best of my knowledge, has not previously
hosted an EDL demonstration. In years gone by, the idea that Bristol would come
to host a large Muslim population was unthinkable, but today that situation has
sadly changed. In Totterdown a mosque has appeared, its minaret dominating the
local skyline like a missile aimed at the heart of the city. The largest
resident Muslim population is Somali. Estimates that have frequently appeared
in the media claim that the Somalis could number some 30,000, whereas a Bristol City Council document published in November 2010 then claimed that the range
was more likely to be between 6,600 and 10,000. Whichever figure is selected,
it is too high a number. What benefit accrues from their presence in Bristol?
Why are they there, rather than in Somalia?