Are Islamists infiltrating the Conservatives?
The parties are canvassing and campaigning hard all over the country. The euro-polling is inconsistent, but it looks as though Ukip will be victorious next Sunday, with Labour coming second, and the Conservatives in a rather humiliating third place. Not as humiliating, of course, as the comprehensive annihilation facing the LibDems, but the people increasingly treat elections to European Parliament as a single-issue referendum, which, combined with the protest of general discontent and cynicism, is about to hand Nigel Farage a significant victory.
So it is understandable that much of the media scrutiny is on him, his candidates and his party. There are undoubtedly a few dozen fruitcakes and loons, even racists and gadflies. But all political parties seem to have their peripheral wingnuts, and the electorate is sufficiently discerning to distinguish the outliers from the essential core.
The allegations of racism against Nigel Farage himself aren't remotely credible, not least because alleging that one or other ethnic group is more inclined to a particular behaviour is not racist per se: it may indeed be that Romanians are statistically more inclined toward organised crime, and that may indeed be an uncomfortable truth. But Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC MP said last year that ethnic minorities "come from backgrounds where corruption is endemic", and that Pakistanis in particular are more inclined to commit electoral fraud. Does that make him racist? If not, how is it different from Nigel Farage's comment about Romanians?
And back in 2011 former Justice Secretary Jack Straw MP observed that Asian men - and in particular Pakistanis - represented a particular threat to white British girls, whom they routinely view as "easy meat" and treat accordingly. Does that make him racist? If not, how is this observation different from Nigel Farage's comment about Romanians?
But while the media focus on Ukip's nutty fringe, straining to smear 'The People's Army' with all manner of political deficiencies and moral delinquencies, there are one or two 'main-party' candidates which are escaping scrutiny.
Take, for example, Mufti Shah Sadruddin, the Conservative candidate for the Green Street West ward in the London Borough of Newham. He seems to have one objective - the construction of the so-called 'mega-mosque' which would become Europe's largest. Labour Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales has consistently opposed these plans, so Mufti Shah Sadruddin is keenly organising the local Ummah to effect political change.
Nothing wrong with that, of course. We live in a representative liberal democracy, and the first-past-the-post party system requires popular appeals, structural organisation, and internal discipline. So Mufti Shah Sadruddin is hoping to unite his Muslim brothers and sisters in order to take control of Newham Council for the Conservatives.
But here he is only last year lauding his Socialist "brother" George Galloway because he "stood against all the Israelis":
What kind of Conservative calls for bloody revolution and political hangings? What kind of Conservative calls for "revenge" against Islam's "oceans of blood", inshallah? Sure, he specifies in a "non-violent way", but Jihadists have a tendency to ignore the way of peace. And it is difficult - very difficult - to stomach his assertion that the Bangladesh Awami League is "worse than Hitler killing the Jews", or that Sheikh Hasina is "worse than Hitler".
And here he is railing against.. well, it is entirely clear. But he's certainly not whipping up the crowd in favour of homosexuality and an appreciation of the virtues of same-sex marriage:
This man is a Conservative candidate. His beliefs about Jews and gays are far more concerning and his words far more offensive than anything believed or uttered by any Ukip candidate.
It seems that, to win the ethnic minority vote, all political discernment and common sense have deserted the Conservative Party. Under David Cameron's leadership, there is no need to prove one's commitment to the Conservative cause before one may become an election candidate: gender, sexuality and skin colour far outweigh philosophy, loyalty or expertise.
Breitbart reports that: “In 2006, Newham Conservatives lined up alongside the Islamic Forum of Europe, the Islamic Society of Britain, CagePrisoners, Hizb ut Tahrir, the Islamic Human Rights Commission, the Muslim Association of Britain and the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, as well as Stop the War in opposing counter-terrorism raids in the area. All of the so-called 'Muslim' organisations mentioned above have had links to radical Islam, or in some cases, terrorism. None are (sic) considered to be genuinely representative of Britain’s Muslim communities.”
If Mufti Shah Sadruddin's candidacy isn't a step toward Islamist entryism, His Grace isn't sure what is.