Recently Channel 4 launched a series entitled ‘Make Bradford British‘.
Based on today’s evidence, that effort’s not going very well.
Unless of course being British means:
- Financing terrorists
- Supporting genocide
- Virulent antisemitism
- Inciting violence
- Violating international law
- Working for an Iranian propaganda channel
- Getting yourself banned from Canada
But this is exactly what the people of Bradford West voted for in yesterday’s by-election. They have chosen to send George Galloway, a man guilty of all of the above, to represent them in parliament.
Quite simply, they have voted for an extremist.
The evidence against George Galloway is both damning and widely available, so it’s impossible for anyone to claim that they didn’t know who or what they were voting for.
We found the following video on Youtube after just a few moments of searching.
If you live in Bradford, but were not interested in the by-election, this is what 18 thousand of your neighbours have voted for:
There are plenty of reasons to be angry, upset and disappointed. Galloway’s election not only reflects terribly on all those who voted for him, but leads us to question whether the local media did a good enough job of exposing him.
Whenever there is even the slightest suggestion that the BNP might do well in an election, the media (local and national), as well as the three main political parties, go into a complete frenzy. Why did they not do the same to help prevent Galloway from being elected?
Even now that he’s been elected, his ties to Islamic terrorism haven’t exactly been front page news.
The Guardian reports that he cried “All praise to Allah!” outside his campaign headquarters, but there’s nothing about his support for Hamas, an organisation that lists the eradication of the Jews as its number one priority.
In the Telegraph Brendan O’Neill argues that his election reflects badly on the state of British politics – and we can’t really argue with that. But then he goes on to claim that Galloway’s victory, “isn’t that different to when a member of the BNP wins a seat on a local council or some UKIP suit gets sent to Brussels.”
Perhaps one minor difference he’s overlooked is that neither the BNP or UKIP have been videoed giving money to the head of a terrorist organisation.
Also in the Telegraph, Damian Thompson reminds us that, “Galloway wasn’t elected by “extremists” – this result was brought about by the votes of ordinary Muslims, who voted for an extremist.”
Well that’s ok then. Galloway is an extremist, but it seems it was ‘moderates’ that voted for him.
Of course there is a big difference between blaming all of Bradford’s Muslims for the election of George Galloway and pointing out that the election of a man who has financed and supported Islamic extremists suggests that Bradford’s Muslim community might not be quite as ‘moderate’ as we’ll constantly told they are.
There’s also a big difference between seeing Galloway’s election as further proof of your criticisms and using extremist methods to fight extremism. That’s not what the EDL is about.
But just because we believe in a measured response does not mean that we should be afraid to say the obvious: Islamic extremism is clearly a powerful force in Bradford and Galloway’s election proves that any efforts to ‘Make Bradford British’ are failing.
That’s what our newspapers should have said this morning. But they didn’t.
And we wonder why we have such a problem with Islamic extremism?