By Man of Kent-In March 2012 Ken Livingstone, the Labour candidate for mayor of London, seeking to regain the post he once held, declared in a London mosque that if elected he would make London ‘a beacon of Islam’.
This promise came in a speech in the notorious North London Central mosque, also known as Finsbury Park mosque, formerly controlled by the terrorist recruiter Abu Hamza.
Livingstone pledged to ‘educate the mass of Londoners’ in Islam, saying: ‘That will help to cement our city as a beacon that demonstrates the meaning of the words of the Prophet.’
He described Mohammed’s words in his last sermon as ‘an agenda for all humanity’. Praising this sermon, he told his audience: ‘I want to spend the next four years making sure that every non-Muslim in London knows and understands its words and message.’
He said this from the same pulpit at which Hamza had repeatedly preached war!
On this very platform Hamza had said, ‘No drop of liquid is loved by Allah more than the liquid of blood’ and that direct action was necessary: ‘Those who do not take part in direct action, as defined by Islamic practice, constitute lesser Muslims.
He is too coward, he is inexperienced, he doesn’t want to take the challenge. This is wrong.’
At the time of Livingstone’s speech the mosque was controlled by the Muslim Association of Britain, which is tied to the banned terror group Hamas and which encourages its members to vote certain ways in elections.
In other words, it gets involved in politics.
Since Muslims make up more than 10 per cent of the local population in 40 political seats, the Muslim Association of Britain believes Muslim voters can influence the results in 40 seats.
A man who has acted as spokesman for the current mosque leadership, Azzam Tamimi, told the BBC’s HARDtalk programme of his preparedness to become a suicide bomber, and
one of the mosque’s current directors, Mohammed Sawalha, was described by the BBC as a former senior figure in Hamas who ‘is said to have masterminded much of Hamas’s political and military strategy’ from his post in London.
In 2009 Sawalha also signed the Istanbul Declaration, which calls for attacks against the allies of Israel, which include the UK. The British government interpreted it as calling for attacks on British troops.
In 2010, Labour MP Khalid Mahmood resigned from the mosque’s board of trustees and reported it to the Charity Commission, accusing the mosque of forging his signature on key legal documents.
In that same year, Livingstone campaigned in the London borough of Tower Hamlets to support the corrupt Bangladeshi settler Lutfur Rahman in his bid to become mayor of Tower Hamlets after Rahman had been sacked by Labour for his links to a Muslim extremist group, the Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE).
During Livingstone’s former mayoralty, 2000-2008, his London Development Agency channelled hundreds of thousands of pounds to the East London mosque in Tower Hamlets, which is controlled by the IFE, even though senior agency managers strongly opposed the grant.
In return, IFE activists campaigned strongly for him at the 2008 mayoral elections, boasting that they ‘got out the vote’ for Livingstone and achieving dramatic swings to him in their East London heartland.
Their support almost won him back the mayoralty. He lost by fewer than 150,000 votes.
Livingstone also gave thousands of pounds of public money to the Muslim Welfare House, a charity closely associated with the Finsbury Park mosque, which signed an open letter backing his re-election campaign in 2008.
The Islamic Forum of Europe is dedicated to changing the ‘very infrastructure of society, its institutions, its culture, its political order and its creed, from ignorance to Islam’.
It is especially active in Tower Hamlets. The ‘Islamic Republic of Tower Hamlets’, as it is known, teems with Muslim clerics called the Tower Hamlets’ Taliban, who seek to impose Sharia law on the capital.
The Tower Hamlets’ Taliban regularly issue death threats to women who refuse to wear Islamic veils. Streets have been plastered with bright yellow posters declaring, ‘You are entering a Sharia controlled zone: Islamic rules enforced.’
Street advertising deemed offensive to Muslims is regularly vandalised or blacked out with spray paint. Leaflets are pushed through letterboxes saying, ‘Verily, it is time to rejoice in the coming state of Islam.
There will be no negotiation with Islam. It is only a short time before the flag of Islam flies over Downing Street.’
Rahman, known to be linked to jihadists, has dedicated much of his time as mayor to diverting public money to the IFE, and to stocking public libraries in Tower Hamlets with books and DVDs containing the speeches of banned Muslim clerics.
He is a close ally of a London Sharia court judge named Anjem Choudary who believes in the primacy of Islam over all other religions, and who campaigns for Islamic law to be implemented throughout Britain.
In 2011 Choudary burned poppies on Remembrance Day as a two-minute silence was observed nearby by service personnel and their families.
He also chanted slogans such as ‘British soldiers burn in hell’.
In July 2011 a Choudary-led group based in Tower Hamlets called Muslims Against Crusades launched a campaign to turn 12 British cities into independent Islamic states.
The ‘Islamic Emirates’ would function as autonomous enclaves ruled by Sharia law and operate entirely outside British jurisprudence.
Choudary said, ‘With several Islamic emirates already well-established across Asia, Africa and the Middle East, including Iraq and Afghanistan, we see this as a radical, but very realistic step in the heart of Western Europe, that will, inshallah [God willing], pave the way for the worldwide domination of Islam.’
Muslims Against Crusades has since been banned but it was the eighth name for an organisation that simply changes its name every time it is banned.
Livingstone allied himself to sworn enemies of our civilisation.
And, as Muslim fraud at elections is the norm, he is automatically implicated in political corruption.
In April 2012 police probed voting fraud in Tower Hamlets. An editorial in the London Evening Standard read: ‘The British electoral system is remarkable for its integrity and freedom from corruption.
That makes it all the more important that we take seriously threats to that integrity.’
Never in any of these moralising editorials in British newspapers is there the slightest hint that these threats come solely from settlers, who, inevitably, have fetched with them the practices, standards and values of their home country; that swarthy men from the back alleys of Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong and innumerable villages in the Ganges Delta, having moved in like cuckoos pushing out the rightful inhabitants, are now feathering their stolen nest.
In Britain, voting registration forms are sent to every address in the country and the head of the household fills in the people who live there.
There is no check on the accuracy of this information. Everything is done on trust.
The system worked well in tight-knit, homogeneous communities 50 years ago, when there was also a high level of honesty, but it is now abused on a massive scale by settlers.
There are now an estimated two million ‘ghost voters’ in the UK as a result of this weakness in the system. Small flats are found to have up to 15 voters registered at them.
Once, 70 postal voters were found to be registered in one two-bedroom terraced house.
Though Livingstone was not personally involved with abuses, the prevalence of them - multiple occupancy was also alleged in previous elections in Tower Hamlets - indicated a condoning of them consistent with his record of hypocrisy.
He pulled out of a BBC mayoral debate because the BNP candidate was taking part, saying, ‘The far right want to destroy our democracy and stand for the elimination of our basic rights.
They cannot be treated as a legitimate part of politics. I will not share a platform with the BNP and it is a point of principle to me that I never will do.’
This personification of hypocrisy had the gall to use the word principle in regard to himself!
In reality the only threat to democracy and free speech in this country comes from Islam.
Livingstone became a professional politician aged only 27 and never did anything outside politics afterwards. An early campaign to give settlers more of Lambeth’s better housing stock was followed by 40 years of hypocrisy.
In 2012 it was revealed that he channelled his income through a small company to minimise his tax, after he had repeatedly attacked ‘rich bastards’ for similar tax avoidance.
I do not know why he espoused the cause of hostile strangers – maybe sheer ignorance, possibly a personality disorder.
He has always over-estimated the sufferings of those he sympathised with, a trait they have ruthlessly exploited.
His type are easily fooled as Muslims from all over the world seek a justification for their existence by identifying themselves with historical and current events in the Middle East, no matter where they come from.
People born in Lancashire to Pakistani parents say, ‘It’s all your fault, you invaded us,’ meaning by ‘us’ some country in the Middle East.
After the bombs exploded in London on July 7th 2005, killing 52 people, Livingstone explained it would not have happened if the Arab countries had been left alone and not exploited for their oil, even though three of the four bombers’ parents came from Pakistan, and the fourth bomber was Jamaican.
When London mayor, Livingstone vowed that the British would never follow the French example and ban headscarves in schools, saying, ‘It marks a move towards religious intolerance that we in Europe swore never to repeat, having witnessed the devastating effects of the Holocaust.’
His hero, who he once brazenly embraced in public, is the notorious Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a leading Muslim supremacist with a special loathing for Jews.
In his very long autobiography, which, typically, is longer than most biographies of great world statesmen, he writes that George Orwell’s 1984 influenced his political beliefs more than any other book.
He cannot see that if Islam is allowed to prevail the sort of totalitarian society depicted in the novel will be what England will have in just a few decades.
He should have drawn lessons from Orwell’s other classic political novel Animal Farm, in which the beasts take over!
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