Â From Asian News, thanks to Helen
“We must not let parties like the BNP spread their message of hate in our communities.” (We must only allow the Muslims spread their message of hate in our communities because everything else is ‘Islamophobic’/ed)
THEÂ north west’s only MuslimÂ MEP Sajjad Karim will be chairing a meeting this morning about the rise of extremism in Europe.
The legal affairs spokesperson and vice-president of the equality and diversity intergroup will be chairing the meeting in Brussels about how to cope and manage the rise of extremist parties including the BNPÂ across Europe.
* Â Well, I guess we’re all “right wingers” now because the left is wrong on every issue…
The Conservative MEP will warn how in north west of England, the BNP is becoming increasingly motivated and mobilised and will discussing tactics and techniques to manage the augmentation of parties with extremist ideals and how best to educate the electorate about the parties they can chose to vote for.
The aim is to also gather key thinkers to create a “unique” forum in which to develop innovative ideas about the policy challenges facing Europe and to evolve practical solutions to help address them.
The BNP needs only a slight improvement to add 2 per cent to its last 6.4 per cent of votes in the 2004 elections “to rear its ugly head” in the north west and to win a European Parliament seat, where the leader of the BNP, Nick Griffin is said to be standing.
The meeting has been organised by the European Ideas Network (EIN) which is sponsored by the EPP-ED, an open pan-European think tank process designed to promote new thinking on the key challenges that Member States of the European Union are facing.
The European Ideas Network has become an important meeting point and serves as an intellectual cross-road for the centre-right in European politics. The EIN regularly brings together politicians, businessmen, academics, policy advisers, think tankers, journalists and representatives of civil society who share a common outlook on Europe-wide issues.
The key speaker at the meeting is Dr Allan Janik, research fellow at Innsbruck University, professor of philosophy at the University of Vienna and Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology.
Said Mr Karim: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to chair what I know will be an innovative, creative and extremely interesting meeting.
“As the first British Muslim to be elected into the European Parliament, I have a special interest in ensuring that the rise of extremist parties in Europe and in my north west constituency is prevented, albeit democratically.
“We must not let parties like the BNP spread their message of hate in our communities.”