OK then, why has this organ chosen this as the title? Because it is Friday the 13th!
We acknowledge Mr Griffin’s known objection to allowing any who care to settle in the UK to do so and apologise for any offence caused.
It is a FACT that the large numbers of predominantly Muslim migrants are contributing to what are euphemistically referred to as “community tensions.”
The FACT is that the existing large influx of Muslims into Europe would not be posing such a problem (there still would be a problem) were it not for the FACT that there is already a significant Muslim population in western European countries such as Belgium, France, Germany, Sweden and the UK.
It is a FACT that many of the the non Muslim populations in Belgium, France, Germany, Sweden and the UK are getting somewhat concerned at the seeming unstoppable tide of new Muslim migrants into their countries.
Well, the politically correct will state (loudly) that it is all down to such as Mr Griffin who is very busy stoking up fears about “radical Islam.” That Mr Griffin is not a terribly nice man and that he and his supporters are doing great damage to “community cohesion.”
The real reason of course is that there are seeming differences between the already established Muslim community and what has sometimes been referred to as the “indigenous community” and that these differences are the root cause of their concern.
It is to be noted that each of the countries mentioned have legislated for same sex marriage. The one thing that we can be fairly sure about in this world is that Mr Anjem Choudary believes that marriage can only take place between a man and a woman and not a man and a man or a woman and a woman.
Of course the concerns go beyond differing views on “same sex marriage” – the FACT is that each community is very different in terms of it’s values and there appears little common ground on which to build this elusive “community cohesion.”
Of course the establishment politicians are fully aware of this. Their answer is to crack down hard upon the messengers and try and clamp down on debate by branding those who raise concerns as bigots, “Islamaphobes” and racists.
Another thing the establishment politicians are aware of is increasing support for parties espousing policies such as Mr Griffin has espoused. They are further aware that increased support for such as Mr Griffin has an effect on the Muslim community. Some Muslims, witnessing the growth in support for such as Mr Griffin have begun to think in terms of having a party specifically to represent them. To date, most members of what has often been referred to as the “ethnic minority community” (there are many communities) have looked to the Labour Party as the party to represent them.
It is the fear of the rise of sectarian politics on mainland Britain that is the root cause driving the establishment politicians. The British political establishment have long and bitter memories of sectarian politics. Be under no doubt: THEY FEAR sectarian politics above nearly everything else.
Today, mention the phrase “sectarian politics” and the average voter’s thoughts will be of Northern Ireland. This of course is very much the case: that Northern Ireland is rooted in sectarian politics. Northern Ireland of course only goes back as far as 1922. Sectarian politics in Ireland go back much much further.
What is not commonly appreciated by those who have not read their history – or those who have not read politics at a British university – is that sectarian politics have been at the core of British/English/Irish/Scottish/UK politics since King Henry VIII broke with Rome in 1534 when he enacted the Act of Supremacy.
Since that time and 1922, British politics have been dominated by sectarian politics. Northern Ireland has continued to be dominated by it since 1922. Of course between 1969 and the Good Friday Agreement, sectarian Irish politics have had an impact – often deadly – on mainland Britain.
The FACT is that English politics was riven with bitter sectarian politics throughout the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
Recently many of us stood in silence for two minutes at 11:00AM many on Remembrance Sunday and many on Armistice Day. Over one hundred years after the start of the Great War, that conflict still figures prominently in the Public’s imagination.
Yet many will be aghast were we to tell you that the Asquith government greeted the declaration of war with a certain measure of relief!
Was this because Mr Asquith was a bloody warmonger?
No. It was because Asquith knew that he was looking at a civil war breaking out in the island of Ireland. The Irish Home Rule Bill had gone through and was set to become law. Carson and the Ulster Unionists were in open – and armed – rebellion and there were fears (based on reality) about the loyalty of the British Army.
Then Serbian terrorists shot the life out of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the life out of Europe pre 1914. The world was never to be the same again.
As soon as war broke out the Irish problem was put on hold. Of course trouble broke out in 1916 and went on until 1922.
You would have thought that with ALL that has gone before, Conservative politicians in the 1950s would have looked to introduce some measure of control to Northern mill owners and other industrialists bringing in large numbers of Muslims from what was then East Pakistan and West Pakistan!
These Conservative politicians allowed this not because they sought some form of social engineering or wished to establish a multi cultural, multi ethnic and multi faith society but because they were Conservatives and the mill owners were rich businessmen, some of who supported the Conservative Party financially. These businessmen did not bother to think long term about the effects their actions would have on the country.
They were ONLY concerned with their bottom line!
At this point some readers may ask: Why Muslims from Pakistan. Why not Hindus from India.
The answer of course was that many Hindus did emigrate from India to the UK – for the same reason as Muslims from Pakistan did.
It was however the case that amongst the establishment Pakistan Muslims and Indian Sikhs were looked upon more favourably than Indian Hindus. Why?
Because during WW2, Pakistan Muslims and Indian Sikhs were supportive of the war effort whereas many Indian Hindus volunteered for service with the Indian National Army – which was in fact an army that fought alongside the Japanese against the British.
Therefore it is not unnatural and totally understandable that the powers that be in Whitehall liked the cut of a Muslim’s jib more than a Hindu’s.
There were of course those who objected to this large influx of immigrants – just as there are those who object to the present influx. The FACT was that these people were prepared to do the jobs that others already settle here were not prepared to do. There was also a labour shortage.
The question is: What is to be done?
What should not be done is to make the situation worse than it already is.
It appears that the period between 1922 and 2022 will mark the 100 years when Sectarian Politics did not dominate British Politics – notwithstanding impact “The Troubles” had from time to time after 1969!
The FACT is that the sectarian politics of the UK in the 21st Century seem set to become far more bitter and far more rooted in a clash of religious and secular ideals than anything that has gone before.