One of the more curious figures to have been thrown into the public gaze since the rise of the English Defence League, has been Paul Ray, who styles himself as Lionheart.
His Lionheart blog, complete with Crusader and Knights Templar imagery, has more often than not documented his many disputes with his past comrades. Since the Norweigian terrorist attacks however, things have got a little more serious for 'Lionheart' due to suggestions that gunman Andreas Behring Breivik was in regular contact with right-wingers here in the UK, and in particular with a 'Richard'. It does not take a huge jump to speculate that Richard was Richard the Lionheart. Ray has been forced into writing a statement condemning the Oslo attacks.
It is very difficult however to believe a single word Paul Ray says. Firstly because the amount of vitriol splashing around him, and equally being thrown by him at others, obscures what may actually be happening. All very convenient. What is clear however, is that Ray is a fantasist and a liar. Back on 9 March 2010 I exposed the bizarre claims Ray was making to have unmasked militant anti-fascism, in the shape of the Antifa group. Day claims to have done this by travelling to the Palestinian territories, infiltrating the International Solidarity Movement, and exposing the alliance between left wing anarchists and militant Islam.
Everyone knows Antifa? Antifa is the extreme left wing anarchist movement aligned to militant Islam. In 2006 I infiltrated their training ground in Jericho the West Bank of Israel. They go there under the guise of the International Solidarity Movement, and I came back with proof they are a terrorist supporting group who only go there to be trained up so as to return back home to their host countries to cause civil unrest on behalf of their Islamist masters, which is why they are now aligned against the EDL. Tell me any of the EDL leadership who have done anything of this nature, then I will listen to those accusations of ‘Keyboard warrior’, until then its more smear for the EDL membership to discredit me.
Antifa in the UK has never had any connection with groups in the Middle East or radical Islam. It has no masters, whether Islamist or otherwise. Its first action was a demonstration in 2004 against both the National Front and Al-Mujihiroun, in Trafalgar Square. The type of action the EDL would supposedly support, were it not actually so full of fantasists and fascists. The question I posed last year remains unanswered: Who is paying Paul Ray to come up with such fantastical garbage? Or is he so delusional he actually makes this stuff up himself?
Finally, what of the relationship - if any - between Breivik and Paul 'Lionheart' Ray? It certainly appears Breivik regarded the UK as more 'advanced' in its struggle against Islam than Norway. It is hard however to imagine a sustained relationship with the likes of Ray, as the former would surely at some stage realise that the latters commitment did not stretch much beyond internet posturing and dressing up in silly outfits. Sadly we know from events last week, that Breivik himself was the real deal.