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28th February, 2010
Following on from my previous post – Islamic terrorism: All About Iraq, isn’t it? – and as mentioned there briefly, I thought it was worth letting you know that ONE BRITISH POLITICIAN has finally spoken out about his concerns over Islamic infiltration, or ENTRYISM, into the British Labour party and other parties. His name is Jim Fitzpatrick and he is Environment Minister, not just a humble backbencher. More on this in a moment.
Before I expand on this I’d like to tell you that I experienced a bid at entryism personally years ago as chairman and prospective parliamentary candidate of a constituency in one of our major cities.
It was long before 9/11. Long before Tony Blair became British Prime minister. Long before the Iraq or Afghanistan wars. Long before there was a ‘religion’ called political correctness in Britain. And long before the British press had formed the opinion that we were doing it all wrong as regards those who had immigrated here and whose habits were and still are self-contained and organised within their groups.
(Group-think has always been important in some such immigrant groups, backed up by bullying where the follower-thinkers do not feel inclined to comply.)
I seldom talk about my past political involvement. It’s in the past and today I am not inclined to join any party. I consider leadership important and I just don’t see leadership right now, right here in Britain. The sharp-eyed regular reader might have noticed that I have made clear that I have never been a Labour party member. But I was highly active for some years in another of the three main political parties.
MY PERSONAL ENTRYISM EXPERIENCE
It was prior to the 1992 general election (which Labour lost again to the Conservatives.) A group of Muslims, around 70 if I recall correctly, had fallen out with the Labour party to which they had previously belonged.
They attempted to join our constituency group, which was in opposition to Labour, through various local wards.
Our constituency membership secretary, who normally had trouble signing up a few members a month, noticed a plethora of membership applications from people with Asian names. Using due diligence he found out that they had been seen as a cabal within Labour, and had left or been asked to leave that party.
NONE of them was permitted to join our party or constituency, even though we knew that signing them up would probably have meant that we could have won several wards in the upcoming local elections. But let’s not be high-minded about this. I recall that the reason they were not permitted to join was that none of them actually lived in our constituency. They had all belonged to the adjoining constituency’s wards.
I wondered then, and I wonder now to be frank, what would have happened if their addresses had actually been within our constituency boundaries. I do not believe that they would necessarily and automatically have been excluded, a “cabal” or not. In recent decades new party members have always been hard to find.
Here’s the article at the Telegraph by Andrew Gilligan (OK, I know, I know… )
A Labour minister says his party has been infiltrated by a fundamentalist Muslim group that wants to create an “Islamic social and political order” in Britain.
The Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE) — which believes in jihad and sharia law, and wants to turn Britain and Europe into an Islamic state — has placed sympathisers in elected office and claims, correctly, to be able to achieve “mass mobilisation” of voters.
Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, Jim Fitzpatrick, the Environment Minister, said the IFE had become, in effect, a secret party within Labour and other political parties.
“They are acting almost as an entryist organisation, placing people within the political parties, recruiting members to those political parties, trying to get individuals selected and elected so they can exercise political influence and power, whether it’s at local government level or national level,” he said.
“They are completely at odds with Labour’s programme, with our support for secularism.”
Mr Fitzpatrick, the MP for Poplar and Canning Town, said the IFE had infiltrated and “corrupted” his party in east London in the same way that the far-Left Militant Tendency did in the 1980s. Leaked Labour lists show a 110 per cent rise in party membership in one constituency in two years.
In a six-month investigation by this newspaper and Channel 4’s Dispatches, involving weeks of covert filming by the programme’s reporters:
- IFE activists boasted to the undercover reporters that they had already “consolidated … a lot of influence and power” over Tower Hamlets, a London borough council with a £1 billion budget.
- We have established that the group and its allies were awarded more than £10 million of taxpayers’ money, much of it from government funds designed to “prevent violent extremism”.
- IFE leaders were recorded expressing opposition to democracy, support for sharia law or mocking black people. The IFE organised meetings with extremists, including Taliban allies, a man named by the US government as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and a man under investigation by the FBI for his links to the September 11 attacks.
- Moderate Muslims in London told how the IFE and its allies were enforcing their hardline views on the rest of the local community, curbing behaviour they deemed “un-Islamic”. The owner of a dating agency received a threatening email from an IFE activist, warning her to close it.
- George Galloway, a London MP, admitted in recordings obtained by this newspaper that his surprise victory in the 2005 election owed more to the IFE “than it would be wise – for them – for me to say, adding that they played a “decisive role” in his triumph at the polls.
Mr Galloway now says they were one of many groups which supported his anti-war stance and had never sought to influence him.
The IFE has particularly close links to Tower Hamlets council. Seven serving and former councillors said Lutfur Rahman, the current council leader, gained his post with the group’s help.
Some said they were canvassed by a senior IFE official on his behalf. After Mr Rahman was elected, a man with close links to the group, Lutfur Ali, was appointed assistant chief executive of the council with responsibility for grant funding.
This was despite a chequered employment record, a misleading CV and a negative report from the headhunters appointed to consider the candidates. The council’s white chief executive was subsequently forced from his post.
Since Mr Rahman became leader, more council grants have been paid to a number of organisations which our investigation established are closely linked to the IFE.
Funding for other, secular groups was ended or cut. In the borough’s well-known Brick Lane area, council funds were switched from a largely secular heritage trail to a highly controversial “hijab sculpture”, angering many residents who accused the council of “religious triumphalism”.
Schools in Tower Hamlets are told by the council should close for the Muslim festival of Eid, even where most of their pupils are not Muslim.
Mr Rahman refused to deny that an IFE activist had canvassed councillors on his behalf. He said: “There are various people across Tower Hamlets who get excited, who get involved.”
He would not comment on concerns about infiltration, saying they were “party matters”. He said: “If you look at our flagship policies, like investing £20 million to tackle overcrowding, you can see that we are working for everyone.”
The IFE said it did not seek to influence the council and had not lobbied for Mr Rahman. “If anything, existing members of the Labour Party have joined the IFE, rather than the other way round,” it said.
The group insisted it was not a fundamentalist or extremist organisation and did not support violence.
October 2008: Shahid Malik, Muslim Labour MP (‘a terrorist in a suit’)! [49 seconds only]
Listen to these words: “At this rate the whole parliament will be Muslim. But just to say – in case there are journalists here today – that is not my objective.”
“If there are no journalists here today – that IS my objective.”
How often do we hear Jews, Sikhs, Buddhists – MPs or not – even Christians talking of politics in terms of religion? That’s right – NEVER.
Only Muslims do.
And they still want to argue that it is a religion only and not a political movement? Pull the other one.
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