Over the course of the last thirty years, England has seen vast change. Unprecedented levels of immigration have changed our society in many major cities from a predominantly white, caucasian and Christian society to one where people from many different ethnic groups, religions and backgrounds are present, and where social cohesion and interaction varies.
England has benefited in the past from sensible levels of immigration, where migrants have come here to build a new life and bring up their families as part of the established community – Growing up in the seventies in Hillingdon, we saw newcomers from the Indian subcontinent, West Indies and Ugandan Asians all settle here and assimilate in to our lifestyle whilst retaining their own cultural identities.
Part of the attraction of the UK, as relayed to me by friends from this generation, was the idea of tolerance, ‘British Fair Play’, the ability to better yourself through hard work and equality in our legal system. The Ugandan Asians in particular had suffered discrimination and persecution at the hands of the dictator, Idi Amin, and thrived in an atmosphere where everyone was given equal opportunity and respect under the law.
Forty years on, their grandchildren are now facing a situation that would have seemed alien to those settling in England in the 1970’s.
Political correctness and the law
One of the most corrosive influences on our society has been the ‘left wing’ doctrine of Multiculturalism and Political Correctness.
For the last twenty years, ‘progressives’ on the left have been telling us that all cultures are equal and we must not ‘impose’ our way of life on those coming to the UK. Rather than encouraging the integration that had worked well on the whole during the sixties and seventies, the prevailing wisdom has been to allow separate communities to live to their own, different set of principles outside of the mainstream culture of this country.
Allied to the huge numbers that are now coming to these shores each year, this idea of a ‘multi-cultural’ society has split communities and isolated people, creating tensions and discouraging interaction. Locally, Mohamed Ali of The British Somali Association has been quoted in the press as stating, “Mentally, a lot of Somalis are still in Somalia and they consider themselves different, and you can’t move forward that way. We need to start integrating. We can unite if we start to recognise that we are all British” (Uxbridge Gazette, 22/08/12)
Unfortunately for Mr Ali, the prevailing political will in Hayes is still towards the ‘multicultural ideal’, with any concerns about the self segregation of his part of the community derided as ‘racist’ and ‘small minded’ when raised by others.
Nowhere is the corrosive effect of Political Correctness felt more than in the equal application of the law. Multicultural doctrines have led to the creation of 85 known Sharia Law courts in the UK, whose practices in some cases conflict with both our legal and moral codes. Sharia Courts do not allow a woman’s testimony the same weight as a man’s, do not think that it is an issue if a husband physically assaults his wife and they do not recognise marital rape.
Yet the government in this country allows such courts to operate outside of our legal system and so called ‘champions’ of women’s rights such as Harriet Harman MP say nothing about them. If I was to hit my wife, I would expect (quite rightly) to be up in front of the judge for assault.
English law should afford protection to all members of our society, irrespective of race or religion – In this case, political correctness is once again failing sections of our society.
I attended an event last week where the excellent Anne Marie Waters (pictured above) spoke about Sharia Courts in the UK – Her revealing speech can be viewed on the link below
Then we have the horrifying and barbaric practice of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), to which thousands of girls in this country each year are subjected. Only now is it starting to be tackled, with the first prosecutions happening this year – Yet for how long was this brushed under the carpet and avoided for ‘politically correct’ reasons as a ‘cultural issue’, despite being illegal under UK law? Likewise, forced marriage and ‘honour killings’ are only now being discussed after years where these issues were conveniently ignored.
We even have the situation where bigamy, which is illegal in England, is rewarded by the state in the form of extra benefits for additional spouses and their children!
Last Friday (25th July), I witnessed first hand once again how the law is now applied differently to separate sections of our society.
Once again, I ventured in to London to witness the annual Al Quds parade, sponsored by the Iranian Government and organised by the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC). The originator of the march was Ayatollah Khomeini, whose visage can be seen on the picture above from a previous event flanked by one of the regular counter-protesters from The Iranian Green movement. Al Quds marches are now carried out across the world on the final Friday of Ramadan.
Whilst I am very much in favour of the right to protest and freedom of speech, each year that I have attended I have been struck by how much these rights have been abused by the protestors, with the sentiments expressed being anti-Semitic, anti-democracy, pro-extremist, homophobic and in some cases just downright racist.
In 2011, speaker Shabbir Rizvi recited some pretty poor poetry to the crowd which finished with him accusing the US President of being a ‘coconut, black on the outside and white on the inside’ and an ‘Uncle Tom’. (Link below)
This speech was conducted on Trafalgar Square in the shadow of Nelson’s column, with a full Police presence. When I pointed out to one of the officers that this was an offence under the Race Relations Act and a breach of section 5 of the Public Order Act, I was instructed to get off of the square or face arrest! (I was issued with a section 15 dispersal order)
Likewise, below is a video from the same year of Tony Blair’s sister-in-law, Lauren Booth, inciting the crowd to support terrorism and praising Hamas, who are a proscribed organisation in this country
With this background in mind, and having submitted numerous complaints about the content and legality of parts of the march in previous years, I met up with a small contingent of friends outside the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square to witness the finale of this year’s procession.
Another Year – The same breaches of the law
It became apparent pretty quickly that this march was going down the same route as previous years as the protestors came in to view with a number of Hisbollah battle flags prominent. Hisbollah are also a proscribed terrorist organisation in this country, with their distinctive yellow and green flags much in evidence in the photo’s I have posted above.
I approached a Police officer and pointed this out to him, and he asked one of the marchers to take his flag down. This attracted immediate attention from some of the IHRC stewards, who surrounded the Officer and were pretty intimidatory, causing him to back away. I was then approached by a more senior officer, who asked what my complaint was about.
Again, I advised him that there were breaches of both the Anti-Terrorism Act 2000 and Section 5 of the Public Order Act being committed and requested that he take action. He advised me that I should take my complaint through proper channels after the event, which brought a response from one of the other onlookers that he had been advised in writing the year before by The Home Office that action would need to be taken by officers in attendance at the time and could not be followed up afterwards. I advised him that I too had been given similar information.
The officer then became quite defensive, advising us that he had ‘other priorities’ and would not be asking for restraint from any of those on the march in regards to flying the flags. When pressed, he conceded that there was a criminal offence being carried out but he did not want to risk public order by instructing his officers to intervene and get the flags removed – He admitted that faced with the crowd (Around 1800 were officially on the march), he did not have the manpower available to do the job if there was resistance to the request.
Effectively, this officer was admitting that The Metropolitan Police were unwilling to enforce the law on the streets of London and that they did not have control of the situation. It also begs the question – With heightened tensions surrounding the current situation in Gaza, what would they have been able to do had a large section of the crowd become violent and decided to attack the US Embassy?
One Law for all?
Following the march, I decided to pay a visit as suggested by the officer on the ground to my local Police Station to report the crime and register my complaint.
The desk officer was initially bewildered by my complaint, and asked why I had not taken it up with officers on the day – When I told him that I had and they suggested I report through ‘proper channels’, he was confused as to what to do. He was also unsure of the application of the Public Order Act related to this complaint and I had to explain it to him – I also took along with me a discarded Hisbollah flag as evidence to back up my report.
I was then asked for my details, and received a phone call from an inspector at Hayes Police Station (I will omit his name from this report as I have currently escalated the situation), who I ran through the events with.
Initially, he advised me that the Police do not always enforce the law as the situation demands – For example, he said they ignore Cannabis smoking at the Notting Hill Carnival despite it being a criminal offence as it is likely to cause affray and is more trouble than it is worth. He also said they turn a blind eye to a number of speeding episodes as ‘the courts wouldn’t be able to cope’
In response, I pointed out that officers had stormed a pub next to The Cenotaph and arrested 160 people just before Remembrance Day 2012 (All subsequently released without charge) because they thought an offence might have been committed based on a Facebook post which could have caused a serious incident. Also pointed out was the speech earlier on in this report from Shabbir Rizvi – He had not even been spoken to, yet leader of the LibertyGB Political party, Paul Weston, had been arrested in front of a crowd and charged under Section 5 of The Public Order Act earlier this year for reciting a passage from Churchill’s book ‘The River War’ that was critical of Islam.
Whilst I have no particular regard for Mr Weston or his views, I asked the officer what was the difference between these events? I also asked if he thought I would be arrested if I turned up outside a Synagogue with a Nazi flag and started reciting from Mein Kampf ,which I also asked the officer on site the previous day to which he replied ‘What do you think?’ (I got a similar answer from the Inspector) It begs the question – Why the different approaches to what are identical breaches of The Public Order Act?
I also pointed out that I was extremely concerned that young children were present at this event (pictured) and were being subjected to criminal behaviour and extremist rhetoric, particularly in light of the recently discovered ‘Trojan Horse’ schools plot in Birmingham. Indeed, the killers of Drummer Lee Rigby were indoctrinated by the notorious hate preacher Anjem Choudary at events similar to this one, where the laws of the land were also treated with flagrant disregard.
After a long discussion with the Hayes based officer, who advised me that putting in an official complaint would not result in anything achievable (As I had seen in previous years), he has agreed to escalate my concerns to the Met Police Commissioners Office. The email confirming this arrived yesterday afternoon, and included the following telling statement
2. I think it’s true to say that police officers (and probably MP’s as well ) are often extremely frustrated by the way some of our laws are flouted by certain groups and the difficulty in finding an appropriate response.
However it is not only Islamic groups who flout the laws during demonstrations. I accept your point that the law is enforced differently in different situations.
So, there you have it – An admission from a serving police officer that the law is not enforced equally.
If we are to continue to enjoy our democracy and our freedom, then there needs to be one law for all irrespective of race, gender or religion – It is plain in England today that this is not the case.
This post is the opinion of the author and does not necessarily represent the views or policy of The UK Independence Party (UKIP)