What Happened in Tower Hamlets?

In Tower Hamlets, Muslims are around 40% of the population (2011), and in 2010 the Respect Party and Islamic Forum of Europe organised a petition to trigger a referendum on allowing constituents to directly elect a Mayor. Perhaps they wanted a Muslim in charge. In 2010 Lutfur Rahman, a Bangadeshi, was elected as mayor as an Independent candidate. He was elected again in 2014 as leader of his own party: Tower Hamlets First. In 2015 he was found guilty of several kinds of voting fraud – it was found that he and his party had forged ballots, registered non-existent people to vote (which was possible because THs entire team of councillors were Bangladeshi-Muslim and the Islamic Forum of Europe had activists among the ballot-counters) and Rahman was found guilty of “undue spiritual influence” (because he and his supporters told people to vote for him or else they would go to Hell).

So what was all the electoral fraud for? Tower Hamlets council gave £400,000 of taxpayer money to organisations which were not eligible for it, and also allowed family friends of councillors to buy properties without being the highest bidders and to receive money for setting up restaurants. He also more than doubled funding given to Bangladeshi and Somali organisations, which went against the recommendations of council officers. Some claim he sent millions of pounds to the IFE. He also seems to have had an influence on the police. Police have been seen to be unwilling to prosecute crimes committed by Muslims in Tower Hamlets, in particular an assault on a gay pub and on other Muslims not obeying Ramadan or wearing the veil. In Tower Hamlets in 2011 “Homophobic crimes in the borough have risen by 80 per cent since 2007/8, and by 21 per cent over the last year, a period when there was a slight drop in London as a whole.”
Extremists were also caught posting anti-gay stickers in Tower Hamlets. A gay couple in Tower Hamlets were beaten up by a Bangladeshi gang – they said “it happens a lot around here”.

The Islamic Forum of Europe declares that it is dedicated to changing the “very infrastructure of society, its institutions, its culture, its political order and its creed … from ignorance to Islam.”

There are examples of creeping Islamification in other parts of the country. In 2008 a Mosque in Oxford tried to get permission to blare out 3 of the daily calls to prayer on loudspeakers. It seems like they failed: I suppose we’ll have to wait until the Muslim population gets bigger, and then we won’t have a choice in the matter.

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