FOR 33 years Muhammad Afzal has been a Birmingham councillor. As the Muslim population of our second city grows rapidly through childbirth, let alone immigration, his popularity at the ballot box inevitably grows too.
This year the council honoured Afzal at the age of 72 by choosing him as the next Lord Mayor, a decision designed to send a positive message of equality and opportunity to the city’s 234,000 Muslims.
But what message does Afzal himself send out? One of medieval bigotry, prejudice and discrimination, it seems, which differs little from the propaganda rantings of the so-called Islamic State – except that mercifully he does not prescribe violence as a means to its end.
That end, for Afzal and many other senior Muslims, is to establish in Britain a maledominated culture which treats women as second-class citizens, shrugging off forced marriage and domestic violence. In other words, the sharia laws of Pakistan and Syria should rule in Perry Bar and Solihull too.