The baroness, Islamic extremists and a question of free speech

Two groups campaigning to get British Muslims involved in the election are “clever fronts” to win political access and influence for Islamists holding extreme views

AT FIRST glance, it looks admirable: two closely connected campaigns, called YouElect and Mend (Muslim Engagement and Development), to get British Muslims involved and voting in this year’s general election.

Mend says it is “creating and supporting an environment in which British Muslims can confidently and critically engage in politics”. One of YouElect’s leaders, Jamil Rashid, told the Islam Channel: “We’re all part of this society, so I think it’s extremely important that Muslims stand up and be counted.” Who could disagree? That, no doubt, is why the Electoral Commission has made Mend an “official partner” in registering Muslim voters for the coming campaign; why at least 10 Labour and Tory MPs joined the launch of Mend’s “Muslim manifesto” in the Commons earlier this month; and why even Lynton Crosby, the Conservative campaign director, addressed a Mend fringe meeting at last year’s Tory conference.

Mend also holds events with police chiefs, gets funding from the EU and is a “key partner” in the Hacked Off campaign for state-backed controls on the press. The truth, however, is that these distinguished bodies and people have been conned. Both Mend and YouElect are clever fronts to win political access and influence for Islamists holding extreme and anti-democratic views.

When not giving reassuring interviews, Mr Rashid is a director of the London-based Muslim Research and Development Foundation, the think tank of one of Britain’s most notorious hate preachers, Haitham al-Haddad, an extremist cleric and Sharia judge from east London.

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  • Brett_McS

    And get really engaged in the political process: vote several times.

    • It’s Allah’s will.

    • mobuyus

      Vote early and vote often.

  • Blacksmith

    They will never make the connections because the establishment lives with its head in the sand.

    • Much like our own. Look no further than Justin and Mulcair pandering to the worst elements of the Muslim community.

    • Surele Surele

      or elsewhere.

  • bob e

    she should get with russell brand to improve her comedy routine ..
    she is already, a stupid clown, wait till she packs on another 50 lbs ..

  • David

    The left and muslims, two peas in a pod.

  • moraywatson

    Less islam is always better than more islam.

  • Gaylord Ponce

    Looks like the Ol’ Baroness has already partaken in too many fundraising dinners.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    If the British elites are duped, it’s because they want to be duped.

    • They are complicit.

      • barryjr

        That’s giving them to much credit, you are implying some semblance of intelligence with your statement. British elites are the same idiots that thought Hitler was a wise peaceful man and thought that Communism was a good idea.