We know only too well that Bristol City Council’s pair of jargon obsessed New Labour leadership dronebots, Bum Disease Ormondroyd and Helen Holland, are very keen on this whole ‘partnership working’ malarkey.
Martin Whitelock even reports on this blog that just this evening Helen was banging on about her administration’s ‘increased partnership working’. But just how keen she is on this nonsense is evident from one of her recent Cabinet meetings where they gormlessly rubber stamped one of the council’s most extraordinary partnership arrangements yet.
Because, thanks to the bunch of aging Trots, Bennites and weird old remnants of Militant in Jan ‘n’ Helen’s Community Development team, partnerships between Bristol City Council and – I kid you not! – some of the country’s most notorious Jihadist organisations are now in place.
A brief read through the minutes of the last Cabinet meeting reveals, under the item ‘Voluntary and Community Sector Investment Budget – Allocation of Funding 2009/10‘ (pdf), that £50k has been given to the Bristol Muslim Cultural Society (BCMS) to help “strengthen and promote community cohesion in the city, particularly in new communities, faith communities and promoting understanding and respect across community divides”.
Sounds like a suitably vague New Labour social cause. While the BCMS is, of course, the power base of our friend ‘A Muslim in Bristol’, Farooq Siddique, who – despite his wacky 9/11 conspiracy theories and obsessive comparisons between the state of Israel and Nazi Germany – has been embraced unquestioningly by the city’s liberal establishment as a progressive and moderate Muslim voice.
Indeed so popular are Farooq and the BCMS that they are not only funded by the city council to promote ‘community cohesion’, they are also insinuating themselves into another whopping slice of the funding pie as part of the the Home Office’s ‘Preventing Violent Extremism‘ strategy in the city, which is aimed at stopping Muslim youngsters becoming radicalised.
This means Farooq will be perfectly placed to flog his view to the city’s receptive liberal establishment that Muslim radicalism is entirely the fault of the UK’s foreign policy and has nothing whatsoever to do with certain strains of Islamism that are surprisingly easy to come across in the UK.
The BCMS’s nice cosy relationship with Bristol City Council is openly reflected on their website. The city council takes pride of place on the ‘Meet the Team‘ section of the site and is first on the list of BMCS’s ‘Current Parnerships’ alongside many of the usual local suspects – GOSW, Voscur, the coppers, Avon Fire & Rescue, Bristol University and so on.
But wait! Who’s this also listed as a ‘Current Partner’ of the BCMS?
The activities of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, MPACUK, have given cause for concern. Although its rhetoric is often extremist, MPACUK identifies itself as part of the mainstream British Muslim community, describing itself as “the UK’s leading Muslim civil liberties group, empowering Muslims to focus on non-violent Jihad and political activism” … MPACUK has been criticised for publishing material on its website promoting the idea of a worldwide Zionist conspiracy, including the reproduction of articles originally published on neo-Nazi and Holocaust Denial websites, and is currently banned from university campuses under the NUS’s ‘No Platform’ policy.
The use of ‘Zionist’ as a replacement for ‘Jewish’ is common on the MPACUK website.
MPACUK has also articulated Jewish conspiracy theories through the language of Zionism describing it as an “octopus that now penetrates every western nation and pushes it to start world war three upon Muslims” and warning that “Any man who knows anything of Zionists, knows that they will not stop until the Muslims ‘followed by mankind’ are dead or enslaved.
News articles referring to the Jewish community have appeared on the MPACUK website and white nationalist websites.
Charming bunch eh? But don’t worry … It gets worse.
Back in 2006 it was revealed that Asghar Bukhari, the founder of MPAC, sent notorious Holocaust denier David Irving a £60 donation and a gushing letter of support proudly headed with a misquote he attributed to John Locke, “All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good people to stand idle”. (The better informed will already know that it’s Bristol’s Edmund Burke who didn’t say this)
When questioned about this, MPAC brushed aside criticism, hilariously claiming that the media were “twisting an innocent gesture of support (even if gravely mistaken) into more than it is”.
Yet another dodgy ‘Current Partner’ of the BMCS’s is the Islamic Human Rights Commission.
This lot are big fans of the Ayatollah Khomeini, the brains behind Iran’s Islamic revolution, and they advocate ‘absolute rulership of the clerics’ and ‘Islamic government’ among other things.
The Stephen Roth Institute have this to say about them:
Shadjareh and the IHRC subscribe to the radical Islamist belief that Jewish conspiracies are afoot to undermine Muslims, and they liken Jews and Israelis to Nazis. Members of the IHRC’s board of advisors have even called on Muslims to kill Jews. They include the Saudi Islamist Muhammad al-Mas’ari and Muhammad al-‘Asi, an American convert to Islam who was banned from preaching at his mosque in Washington, DC, and has been a frequent visitor to Britain
Tasteful stuff isn’t it? Jan ‘n’ Helen truly have us on the threshold of a whole new era of exciting partnership working here don’t they?
But what you really have to ask is what checks are Bristol City Council, its Cabinet and its ridiculously mis-named Scrutiny Commissions carrying out before handing over £50k of our cash to an organisation?
Certainly doesn’t seem to involve bothering to look at their website does it?