Wednesday, 4 April 2012
Islam-ism's first triumphs in England?
George Galloway’s electoral triumph last Thursday in Bradford was not only the widely headlined humiliation of the Ed Miliband, but it is also the second time now that nakedly Islamist politics has triumphed electorally in England.
The first example was the election of Lutfur Rahman as elected Mayor of Tower Hamlets, on an independent Islamist ticket, and now George Galloway’s "Respect" Party triumph which was supported almost entirely by the votes of radicalised Islamist Asian voters.
For anyone that doubts where George Galloway stands it would be worth watching this video of one his performances in East London. (If the link does not work for you, copy and paste this >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-S7fCWZHvw)
Also see this article in the Guardian reporting him praising Allah for his victory (click here >>> http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/mar/30/george-galloway-bradford-spring-labour?INTCMP=SRCH ).
Also this excellent article by the Telegraph’s fearless reporter Andrew Gilligan (Click here>>> http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9176195/A-runaway-victory-for-George-Galloway-and-all-praise-to-Allah.html).
The rise of successful Islamist electoral politics in England should not only be seen as a threat to the traditional culture of England but also a threat politically to the Labour Establishment, particularly when the Labour Leader is ethnically Jewish and therefore unacceptable to hard-line Islamists.
It is worth reflecting on how other Labour figures will react to these victories. We have already had some inkling of one reaction from Ken Livingstone as you can see from this extract and video from the Daily Telegraph (Click here>>> http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/andrewgilligan/100144946/ken-livingstone-i-will-make-london-a-beacon-of-islam/)
Ken Livingstone also supported Mayor Rahman in his rebellion against the official Labour Party candidate and he and Respect activists helped to get him elected in Tower Hamlets. Ken Livingstone was of course one of the principal architects of the Left’s so called “Rainbow Alliance” (originally of Greens, gays, Islamists, Irish Republicans and politicised ethnic minority groups, together with much of the Far Left). This alliance has increasingly broken down as the tension between Islamists and the others has escalated. The Greens left some time ago. Many of the Gay Rights activists, like Peter Tatchell, have left and now even Jewish voters are leaving in droves, as can be see from this Jewish Chronicle article (Click here>>> http://www.thejc.com/blogs/jessica-elgot/ken-means-i-cant-back-labour )
What does all this mean for the future? The outcome is dependent obviously on a variety of factors, one of which is the huge subsidy to the official Labour Party from institutionalised Trade Unionism. For as long as this continues and remains legal (there are moves afoot to try to limit the amount that Labour can get), the official Labour Party’s future must be fairly well assured. If the funding were to be substantially reduced then we could be fairly sure of a rift developing between those in the Labour Party who still have attachment to English working class culture and those who side with Islamism. The existence of such a rift will in any case create increasing tensions within the Labour Party even while the official Party structure holds.
Whether the rising Islamism of one faction within the Labour Party will lead to a clearer reassertion by another faction of English working class values, as is suggested by Jon Cruddas MP (click here>>> http://www.newstatesman.com/uk-politics/2010/08/labour-party-english-england), we have yet to see.
Nevertheless this fault line within the Labour Party leaves it deeply wounded. So the ramifications of George Galloway’s victory are not just the superficial damage to Ed Miliband’s leadership.
What should our reaction be to Labour’s internal ruptures and wounds? Labour, although wounded, is still a big beast and like a primeval hunter we should follow it carefully, give it no rest, harry it when it tries to lick its wounds, keep it separate from the rest of the herd and watch for the opportunity when it is so weakened that we can get close enough to finish it off with our clubs!
In doing so we must always bear in mind the extent to which the rest of the Lib/Lab/Con herd support each other and work hand in glove to keep down any serious threat to their hegemony . We must not let any of their diversion tactics distract us from our quarry (like 50% tax rates, gay marriage or fuel scares). They want to keep a system were the votes of 21.6% of the electorate deliver the appearance and powers of a democratic majority. “Tally ho!” anyone?