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BNP regional organiser Ken Booth :“People in the North-East are sick and tired of this politically correct nonsense.”
THE British National Party’s regional organiser in the North-East has been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated harassment, The Northern Echo has learnt.
Ken Booth, who lives in Fenham, Newcastle, was arrested yesterday by Northumbria Police and bailed pending further inquiries.
Mr Booth’s arrest is understood to have followed a complaint made to police by a muslim councillor in the city.
The 54-year-old, who is standing in the European elections in the spring and has previously stood for Newcastle City Council, in Fenham, took over the role of regional organiser for the party from Kevin Scott in 2006.
He is expected to answer bail at a police station in the city in the middle of next month.
Mr Booth would not directly comment on his arrest when contacted by The Echo, but a spokesman for the party said it was an example of “politically correct Britain”.
He said: “The public can see what is happening and I am sure that in this particular instance we, as a party, have got nothing to fear.
“People in the North-East are sick and tired of this politically correct nonsense.”
Mr Booth, who describes himself on the BNP website as the single parent of three boys and an elected parent governor, has stood for the party several times in local elections.
In January, he finished in third place in a by-election for the Fenham ward.
Last year, Mr Booth hit out at efforts to “destabilise” the BNP after his and the details of hundreds of other party members were leaked onto the internet.
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “We can confirm a 54-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated harassment and has been bailed pending further inquiries.”
Acting Chief Inspector Sav Patsalos, of Northumbria police, added: “When any such incidents are brought to our attention they are treated very seriously and we take appropriate action.”
A spokesman for Newcastle City Council said: “It is a police matter and we are not prepared to comment.”
Islamic hate preacher Anjem Choudary probed over call to ‘hide terror clues’
ByÂ Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 10:33 AM on 19th March 2009
Scotland Yard is examining a video of a 90-minute speech made by radical cleric Angem Choudary and posted on an extremist website
Radical Muslim Anjem Choudary could face a police inquiry over calls to his followers to hide evidence from investigators.Â
Scotland Yard is examining a video of a 90-minute speech by Choudary on an extremist website.Â
On the tape he apparently says: ‘Your house should be clean. There should be nothing at all there which they can come along and then can form some sort of intention.’
He also allegedly urges terror suspects to flee Britain, telling them: ‘Don’t take your chance in court.’
Choudary, 41, whose supporters recently hurled abuse at soldiers from the Royal Anglian Regiment returning from Afghanistan, is under constant review by MI5 and police. the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terrorism command is examining his latest speech.Â
Police are already believed to be examining whether he broke the law in calling for money to be collected for islamic fighters.Â
On a website he has allegedly been heard calling on Muslims not to save money for their families but to give it to Mujahideen – holy warriors.Â
It is an offence under the terrorism Act to raise money for terrorism, whether in this country or overseas.Â
Last week, the families of soldiers killed by friendly fire in Iraq reacted with fury after Choudary, the right-hand man to cleric of hate Omar Bakri, taunted them over the deaths of their loved ones.Â
Muslim extremists brandished banners calling British soldiers ‘Butchers’ during their Luton homecoming last week. Choudary claimed the troops were ‘not heroes but closer to cowards who cannot fight’
He added insult to the injury caused by Islamic extremists’ protest against soldiers returning home from the war-torn region by claiming they were ‘not heroes but closer to cowards who cannot fight, as their uncanny knack for death by friendly fire illustrates’.
The three soldiers to whom he was referring – Privates Robert Foster, 19, John Thrumble, 21, and Aaron McClure, 19 – were killed in Afghanistan in August 2007 when an American F-15 jet dropped a 500lb bomb on their position.
Choudary’s extraordinary comments were delivered just hours after Muslim protesters waved offensive placards as members of 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment marched through Luton.
He went on to attack the ‘vile’ parade. He claimed the soldiers were ‘terrorists’, comparing them to Nazi troops who ‘cannot be excused for simply carrying out their duty’.
Posted By:Â Ed WestÂ Telegraph/UKÂ
Imagine that you had fallen into a coma the night Tony Blair was elected, and now woke up during the last days of New Labour â€“ what differences would you notice around you?Â The most striking would be the change in women’s fashion. Back in 1997 the country was coming out of recession and the downbeat grunge look, and young ladies were starting to wear short skirts and plunging necklines.
TwelveÂ years later and you’ll notice the women are dressed more conservatively – far, far more conservatively. Take a tour of any of inner London borough and see how many women are sporting hijabs, jilbabs or niqabs, loan words that have entered the English language since 1997. In many cases these are not women who were brought up in “that culture”, but British people who, in their teens and twenties, have chosen to adoptÂ dress that would be considered reactionary in most of the Islamic world, let alone London.
We saw a gaggle (although that collective noun seems slightly inappropriate) of niqab-clad women last week in Luton, screaming abuse at British soldiers who had been fighting for the rights of Iraqis and Afghans to be able to protest freely.
In the same week that those “bunch of nutters”, as Baroness Warsi rightly called them, caused a scene in Luton, the Policy Exchange claimed that Â£90 millionÂ spent on fighting Islamic extremismÂ had had the same effect of opening a window in a burning room. Money had gone to groups influenced by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Jamaat e-Islami in Pakistan, a scheme which Policy Exchange compared to giving money to the BNP to fight fascism. This is not entirely fair on the BNP – they only want to return this country to either the 1950s or 1930s, depending on how sinister one believes them to be. Most Islamists would feel more at home in Viking-ruled East Anglia, where the “blood eagle” method of crucifixtion and disembowelment was the punishment for wrongdoers.
“Exotically clad Abu Hamza-style ranters are unlikely to be favoured,” the report said, “but plausible and well-mannered radicals, often representing themselves as moderate, are welcomed with open arms, however hardline their underlying philosophy.” Among the examples of radical bodies are the Muslim Council of Britain, the United Kingdom Islamic Mission, and the Islamic Society of Britain.
Admittedly, Â£90 million is like money down the back of a sofa to a Government as prolifigerate as ours, compared to the Â£3 billion it has wasted trying to tackle obesity, but it is more important. The state has an undisputed responsibility to protect us from terrorism; protecting us from pies is more of a debatable area. But government spending in this area, which one would have thought would be controlled carefully, has been handled with all care of a drunk putting his card behind the bar. I read on Harry’s Place, home of Britain’s last remaining pro-Israeli Lefties who believe that bearded brown-skinned fascists are as bad as clean shaven white ones, thatÂ shadow “communities minister”Â Paul Goodman has asked the Government where Â£70 million given to fight extremism had gone, and it appears the Government does not know. “We gave it to some bearded chap,” they might as well have shrugged. “Seemed like a good egg. Kept on saying something about jihad”.
It’s hard to keep track of the money, for “fighting extremism” is big business, and there are lots of jobs for “community workers” in the King Minos’ maze that is our state bureaucracy.Â There is one going with Reading right now, if you fancy Â£26,000 a yearÂ “working actively to tackle all forms of extremism that can lead to hatred and violence based on community identities”.Â Simply look at the number ofÂ councils given money to preventextremism.Â That’s a hell of a lot of “resources”. Maybe Britain’s financial crisis is not as bad as the papers make out. Or look at this drivel fromLiverpoolÂ council:
“A cohesive community is a community that is in a state of wellbeing, harmony and stability. Local authorities have an important role in facilitating community cohesion, by listening to communities, engaging residents and assisting interaction between communities.”
In LutonÂ theÂ taxpayer has funded seven Muslim centres under a Home OfficeÂ project called “Preventing Violent Extremism”. The council has handed out Â£200,000, and another Â£400,000 has been set aside to capture the “hearts and minds”Â of young Muslims.
Hearts and minds, or votes? Because that is what “fighting extremism” really is – paying Muslims to vote Labour. Labour, the anti-racist and anti-imperialist party, has traditionally been able to rely on all minorities, Irish, Jewish, black, Hindu, Sikh and Muslim, supporting them in large numbers. The Tories were the enemy and ethnic minorities were no more likely to vote Lib Dem than drink real ale or go rambling.
In 2003, however, thanks to the Iraq War, Labour lost the Muslim vote, mostly to the Liberal Democrats, who aggressively courted the Islamic vote. In Luton, which is 15 per cent Muslim, Labour lost 13 seats and the Lib Dems gained 11. Four years later, and after a lot of “preventing extremism” and capturing “hearts and minds”, Labour won back five.
It is not just the Labour – the SNP are at it as well. Last week the Christian Institute revealed that the Scottish Executive’s ironically named Equality Unit gave Â£1.5m to Muslim groups last year, and Â£137,500 to Christians. Christians make up 66 per cent of Scotland’s population, Muslims account for 1 per cent. So the SNP-controlled Executive favours Muslims to Christian by a ratio of roughly 726 to 1.
They know that it works. Between March 2004 and April 2006, around the time that Labour was pumping money into “capturing extremism”, the Labour Muslim voteÂ went up from 38 per cent to up to 51 per cent, and considering the party was already fairly unpopular by this stage, it matters.
Politicians have always thrown money at minorities in return for votes. It is as old as democracy. In Britain it has always been considered a bit of a joke, one of those annoying facts of life that it is best to laugh off. We’d read that Ken had given a load of taxpayer’s money to a South Asian women’s theatre group of a Somali or Tamil community centre and shake our heads and smile. It is irritating because history has shown that state hand-outs never help any minority in the long run. The great success stories of Britain – the Huguenots, the Jews, Gujaratis and others – have risen from poverty to wealth and respect through hard work and nothing else.
And there have always been shysters and hucksters and drum-banging loudmouths who have come forward to represent “their community” and feathered their nests, crying “racism” and “libel” whenever a journalist asked how their foreign junkets benefited their community, and threatening unrest and riot whenever they did not get their way.
But what is usually mildly irritating becomes dangerous when the people given the money and power are not crooks or womanisers but true believers. Labour’s policy of buying Muslim votes has not benefited Muslims at all, but has given taxpayers’ money and power to some very dangerous people, who have turned the mental gulf between Muslims and the rest of the society into a chasm. While even the Conservative party has now accepted the sexual revolution and thinks grammar schools are too reactionary, a large proportion of young Muslim men now believe in capital punishment â€“ for homosexuality. Just four per cent believe homosexual acts to be “acceptable”, compared to 26 per cent of Berlin Muslims.
Now the Government, embarrassed that its friends in the Muslim Council and elsewhere are not quite what they thought, has set a new list of conditions that Muslim groups must accept if there is to have dialogue i.e. money. They are missing the point completely. The problem is subsidy and sectarian bribery in itself, not whether the people receiving the money agree to begrudgingly mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
Spending money on “fighting extremism” gives extremist Islam credibility. It is human nature that if money is given out of fear, or it is perceived to be given out of fear, the beneficiaries will not end up respecting the givers, nor behaving as they wish. They will despiseÂ them. The one thing that all of Britain’s array of “radical clerics” have in common, apart from beards, is a willingness to interact with our godless state when it comes to claiming the dole.
The Labour party, both atÂ national and local level, has been funding groups along racial and sectarian lines for years, but their battle with the Liberal Democrats over the “hearts and minds” of Muslims has brought multiculturalism into dangerous territory. Even considering all the other mistakes they have made, this may be New Labour’s most poisonous legacy of all.