A message on a floral tribute to Jo Cox, near Leeds, England, June 17.
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
Imam and Bradford Council Respect councillor Alyas Karmani
13 July 2013: Bradford Imam Alyas Karmani drafts sermon to condemn grooming
Bradford Imams are spearheading national condemnation of sex grooming by Muslim men by issuing a special sermon to be read in mosques across Britain this month. The hard-hitting Islamic message, called a Khutba, has already been sent to 50 local Imams to be delivered during Friday prayers on June 28. It forcefully demands all men obey strict Koranic teaching on respectful behaviour to women and children and behave with the highest morality.
Muhammad Mustaqueem Shah, general secretary of Bradford Imams’ Forum, said the sermon was being sent to religious leaders across the country. “The target is to have it read out in a minimum of 500 mosques,” said Mr Shah.
Drafted by Imam and Bradford council Respect councillor Alyas Karmani, the title of the sermon is Tackling Street Grooming in the UK and it begins with the following sacred verse from the Koran: “Verily Allah enjoins justice and excellence, giving assistance and support to your family. “And forbids sexual indecency, wickedness and oppression of others – He admonishes you that you may take heed.”
Mr Shah said this was a key teaching. “This is very relevant to the issue, powerful and to the point,” he said. The sermon continues: “Allah commands us to undertake all matters to the highest standard of excellence. “As Muslims we are commanded to be just, fair and shun evil, wrongdoing and all forms of indecent and immoral behaviour. “Failure to remember and act on this results in the society that we are part of declining in social and moral terms. “Addressing every man today, I will speak to you of sexual grooming. “There has been a lot in the news recently about men of Pakistani and South Asian background in Derby, Rochdale, Telford, Oxford and West Yorkshire who have been convicted of this evil and wicked crime. “Unfortunately there are many such cases pending and this will mean the issue will continue to be in the headlines for some time to come.
“These incidents have been extremely evil and have included:
* Trafficking of children as young as 11 for sexual purposes
* Getting 12-year-old girls to take heroin
* Physical assaults and sexual assaults on boys.
“These actions are reprehensible and we condemn those involved and support the victims who are innocent children. Islam is a religion of mercy and compassion and places a strong obligation on safeguarding and protecting the weak and vulnerable from abuse particularly women and children.”
14 June 2013: Imam Alyas Karmani stands up for hope, while Hope not Hate betray their principles
Even worse than a deliberate absence of condemnation for groups which seek to spread hate is their failure to highlight the efforts of Imam Alyas Karmani in Bradford to combat the grooming of young girls by Muslim men, something which is widely recognised as a problem.
Imam Karmani – who is also a Respect Councillor – has issued a Khutba to be read in Mosques during Friday prayers on the 28th June and which is intended to drive home to worshippers that such actions are not acceptable in the eyes of Islam. His goal is that it should be read in more than 500 mosques across the UK.
For those of us who feel that Imams should play a more visible role in combatting the rise of Islamic extremism, Imam Karmani’s initiative is to be welcomed, and is perhaps a sign that moderate Islam is capable of rising to the challenge.
What is more puzzling is Hope not Hate’s failure to even mention his initiative. What is the point of calling your organisation ‘Hope not Hate’ if all you are interested in is the ‘Hate’, and only certain types of hate at that?
The key to their silence is Karmani’s ‘Respect’ affiliation. In Bradford, Labour are seeing support haemorrhage in two directions – to UKIP on the right, and to Respect on the left, as evidenced by George Galloway’s election as MP.
Because of this, Karmani’s initiative will fail to gain the support of Hope not Hate. Not because it is not worthwhile. Not because it is wrong. But because the Imam represents the ‘Respect’ Party and not Labour, and to push his initiative would be to admit that Labour – like Hope not Hate – has no answers, and indeed caused many of the problems
By failing to promote initiatives such as Karmani’s, Hope not Hate – who have access to a considerable audience – are helping to create the impression that there is no action within the Muslim community to tackle these problems.
Their silence allows the EDL and the BNP to condemn Islam as something to be feared, because Hope not Hate is too mired in party political allegiances to shout from the rooftops the message of hope contained within Karmani’s initiative.
They would rather allow their silence to act as a recruiting sergeant for the far right than stand up and proclaim what should be their core message – Hope, not Hate.
This is an issue which cuts to the heart of the problems of Islamic extremism, and one which is beyond the nonsense of partisan politics. Karmani – whatever his political allegiance is tackling a problem, all good people should embrace his message. Good ideas should be embraced whatever their political or religious source. Common sense is common sense.
So the message to Nick Lowles and his Hope not Hate comrades. Shame on you, for betraying your core principles. Shame on your silence which allows hate to grow and lies to spread unchecked. And shame on your shoddy attempts to put your own personal allegiances ahead of an initiative which will clearly aid better relations between communities.
Your blinkered attitude and political partisanship makes you no better than those you claim to oppose. For many years, you attacked the BNP, and ran with the slogan ‘Not in my name’, only for us to find the tables are now turned, and an increasing barrier to harmonious relations between communities is not the BNP and the EDL, but Hope not Hate and your refusal to back initiatives like Karmani’s. If you must continue with such wilful blindness, be aware you do so on your own and not in my name.
Nick Lowles – owner of Hope not Hate
who sanctioned VAT fraud
Ruth Smeeth – Hope not Hate
Educational Ltd’s general
secretary: did she know of
31 January 2013: Hope not Hate and the £70k VAT fraud
Senior Hope not Hate staff face having their collars felt as research indicates they misused the VAT exemption certificate for their charitable arm – Hope not Hate Educational Ltd – to evade VAT on services relating to their anti-UKIP political campaigning.
An in-depth report see: “http://itmaynotbeillegalbut.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/charity-evades-70k-in-vat-on-political.html” suggests that campaigning work carried out in the 2010 General Election by political strategy company Blue State Digital was invoiced without VAT being included. On publicly available invoices this amounts to a little over £12,000 they fraudulently evaded, but as Blue State Digital still work for Hope not Hate, this could amount to a total of over £ 70,000 over the past 4 years.
In this time, Hope not Hate have received over £150,000 from the Department for Communities and Local Government towards their charitable aims. The question must now be what will Hope not Hate’s financial backers think of such tax avoidance? The Daily Mirror wrote 3 months ago that “Tax avoidance is now running at £35billion a year – £3billion more than when Labour was in power….Because think how many nurses, police officers and teachers could be employed with that £35billion. Think how many vital services could have been saved from the cuts and how many jobs protected.” http://nopenothope.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/hope-not-hate-and-70k-vat-fraud.html
5 June 2014 Hope not Hate: Dodgy Accounts Filed
At last the latest set of accounts that purport to set out the organisations financial position have been published. After a quick examination it is obvious that things just don’t add up. Read for yourself as they raise more questions than they answer and someone needs to investigate the organisation. http://hopenothateexposed.blogspot.co.uk/
Sally Green likes to racially abuse white people
7 July 2014: Hope not Hate: Hope not Hate’s 0fficial Photographer Arrested For Racism!
Hope not Hate’s official photographer, Sally Green was arrested for racism and criminal damage (she was arrested after screaming at an Irish person to ‘ Piss off back to Ireland) outside a Britain First meeting held in Wigan.
Green who also uses the alias, Brenda Wright on Facebook to troll young persons Facebook accounts was working under the direct orders of, Nick Lowles who believes it’s OK to racially abuse and attack people so long as they’re white. http://hopenothateexposed.blogspot.co.uk/
18 July 2014: Hope not Hate: Hope not Hate’s Violent Supporters Wanted By Police!
Two violent Hope not Hate supporters who played an active role in a violent street brawl during a Saint George’s celebration held by March for England are being sought by police. The two thugs are being sort after attacking a pub where a few English men who dared to celebrate Saint George were enjoying a quite drink.
So far a 17-year-old boy, a 47-year-old man and a 32-year-old man, all from Brighton, and a 46-year-old man from Henfield have now been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and bailed until September 11. All have links to Hope not Hate. http://hopenothateexposed.blogspot.co.uk/
victim said she suffered dozens of attacks at the hands of a gang over five years after being groomed from the age of 11.
27 August 2014: The responsibility for the grooming crisis lies within the culture “Hope not Hate” has infected the Labour Party
‘Shining a light on abuse’ is a disgraceful apologia issued by Hope not Hate following the publication of a report on child abuse in Rotherham. (1)
As an exercise in obfuscation and blame passing it is truly New Labour in its scope, which is only to be expected from an organisation so heavily supported by the New Labour faithful.
Hope not Hate’s interest in the issue was politically motivated and solely an attempt to counter BNP propaganda: the type of involvement which Hope not Hate advocated and which was deeply entrenched within the Labour Party – turning a blind eye and hoping the problem went away on its own – ensured the continued ability of these grooming gangs to operate.
Desperate attempts to play down their culpability have lead to major re-writes of sections of their blogs and websites as history is re-arranged to make their own actions seem less supportive of those who engaged in child grooming. Fortunately the heavily amended pages are available off-line, meaning articles are not entirely lost to posterity:
Time and again, Hope not Hate ignored some of the most unpleasant aspects of extremist Islam as they try to persuade us that there is nothing to worry about. Misogyny and homophobia have been ignored as they take aim time and again at any who would dare to raise the fundamental incompatibility between a secular western democracy and fundamentalist Islam.
By refusing to shine a light on crimes which they are supposed to expose Hope not Hate have revealed their fundamental hypocrisy: it could be argued that they are in some respects even complicit for promoting an attitude and a culture within the Labour Party which actively prevented such issues from being dealt with. Hope not Hate are shamed by their silence which allows hate to grow and lies to spread unchecked.
It’s blinkered attitude and political partisanship makes it no better than those it claims to oppose. Hope Not Hate’s moral ambiguity has permeated the Labour Party to such an extent that it has failed in its duty towards not just children, but whole populations of a significant number of Metropolitan areas which it controls. The fault is theirs.
Rotherham, South Yorkshire, where 1,400 girls were abused by Asian gangs over 16 years.
(1) 5 February 2015: Rotherham child abuse: The background to the scandal
A report commissioned in the wake of revelations that “at least” 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham has branded the local authority “not fit for purpose” and left it facing takeover by government commissioners. How did it reach this point?
The issue of child sex abuse in Rotherham first came to light in November 2010 when five men from the town’s Asian community were jailed for sexual offences against underage girls. But suspicions were already growing that the scale of the town’s problem was far more widespread.
Andrew Norfolk, a journalist on The Times newspaper, later published an investigation which revealed a confidential 2010 police report had warned thousands of such crimes were being committed in South Yorkshire each year by networks of Asian men.
“The Rotherham police exposed, arrested and broke up an evil gang of internal traffickers who were sent to prison,” he said. “But it is clear the internal trafficking of barely pubescent girls is much more widespread.”
In October 2012, the council, South Yorkshire Police and other agencies set up a Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) team to investigate the issues raised in the report, although South Yorkshire Police denied it had been reluctant to tackle child sexual abuse or that “ethnic origin had been a factor” in its decisions.
Rotherham was not the only community in the North and the Midlands to have uncovered such abuse. There have also been arrests or prosecutions of groups of men in 11 towns and cities, including Oldham, Rochdale and Derby.
In the other cases, overwhelmingly, they were men of Pakistani origin and we need to understand why this has been happening,” said Mr Norfolk. He described a previous report into gang exploitation as a “missed opportunity” because of its failure to look at the proportion of men of Pakistani origin committing such offences.
Yet, despite the concerns, in 2012 no further prosecutions for child sex exploitation took place in Rotherham. However, the council did say “improved public awareness” had helped it identify more young girls at risk of sexual exploitation in the town.
In January 2013, the town once again fell under the scrutiny of MPs. This time it was the borough council which appeared before the Home Affairs Select Committee to answer questions about the lack of prosecutions.
Mr Vaz said the council had not done enough since the 2010 prosecutions. “In Lancashire there were 100 prosecutions the year before last, in South Yorkshire there were no prosecutions,” he said. “We’re talking about hundreds of victims, of vulnerable young girls, who have not been protected because, at the end of the day, what people are looking for are prosecutions.”
In August 2013, the council’s deputy leader stepped down over claims he knew about a relationship between a girl in care and a suspected child abuser. “http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-23820054”
In July 2014 the town’s Labour Party mayor Barry Dodson quit over separate claims he sexually abused a 13-year-old girl in 1987. He did not comment on the claims. “http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-28319557”
Following the publication of the Jay Report, South Yorkshire Police said up to 29 people had been charged with child sexual exploitation offences in Rotherham. However, the force said it was unable to say how many had been convicted. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-28934963
Sarah: 11: Nobody listened
Jack Straw Blew the Whistle in 2011 but the judge said he was wrong
Speaking in 2011 after the jailing of two of the men, former Home Secretary Jack Straw suggested some men of Pakistani origin saw white girls as “easy meat”. The judge in the case said the race of the victims and their abusers was “coincidental”.
Professor Alexis Jay led the inquiry that found at least 1,400 children in the South Yorkshire town were sexually exploited by criminal gangs of men who were predominantly of Pakistani origin between 1997 and 2013. at least 16,500 were said to be at high risk over the course of a year.
21 November 2012: Rotherham sex abuse: More girls at risk. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-20423789
1 November 2013: Alexis Jay will lead child abuse failings probe at Rotherham. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-24771229
26 August 2014: Rotherham child exploitation report. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/28939475
26 August 2014: Rotherham child abuse scandal: 1,400 children exploited, report finds. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-28939089
26 August 2014: Rotherham child sexual exploitation report: At a glance. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28942986
27 August 2014: British Pakistani states: Abuse ‘brushed under the carpet’. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28958907
27 August 2014. Reaction in Rotherham to abuse inquiry findings. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28960738
27 August 2014: Rotherham child abuse: Cases in, Oxford, Derby, Rochdale, Oldham, Telford, Peterborough, Keighley other towns. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28953549
29 August 2014: Rotherham abuse victim: ‘I was raped once a week, every week’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28949188
5 February 2015: Rotherham abuse victims tell their stories. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-28971058
29 March 2015: Rotherham abuse scandal: Key dates. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28955170
Five Rotherham men were convicted for sexual offences against girls in 2010
Inquiry launched into how much Tony Blair’s government knew about the Rotherham abuse scandal.
31 August 2014: Rotherham Abuse Scandal: How Much Did Labour Government Know?
A House of Commons committee is to investigate whether Tony Blair’s government knew about the Rotherham child abuse scandal, as far back as 2001.
The Independent on Sunday reported an inquiry will happen after it emerged a researcher at the Home Office was conducting an investigation in 2002 into trafficking and underage prostitution by Muslim gangs in Rotherham.
But her work was shelved by the Labour-run council when she attempted to blow the whistle.
Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, told the Sunday paper he would ask the home secretary, Theresa May, to what extent the Home Office knew at the time.
“We would be very keen to get from the Home Office a full and frank response to the research that was commissioned in 2002. This is an essential part of the jigsaw to determine why the council failed to act, and whether the Home Office could have done more to ensure that it did act,” he said.
“We want to see every piece of information the Home Office holds on this, and I will be writing to the Home Secretary to ask that the databases are searched to see what files it holds on this horrific behaviour in Rotherham.”
The researcher’s investigation came at the time the former Labour government wanted to pacify relations with the Muslim communities following the race riots of 2001.
Tensions within the cabinet were also boiling over when former foreign office minister and local MP Denis MacShane was nearly sacked by his boss, foreign secretary, Jack Straw, after calling on Muslims in the UK to choose between the “British way or the way of the terrorists”.
Ironically, MacShane was disciplined following protests which were led by one of the politicians now at the centre of the sex abuse scandal in Rotherham, the paper added.
Professor Alexis Jay’s report revealed that more than 1,400 young girls were groomed by gangs, mainly consisting of men of Pakistani heritage, between 1997 and 2013.
Former UK PM Gordon Brown Backed Hope Not Hate
28 July 2015: Hard Left Campaigners in Hope not hate Lied About Islam vs West ‘Civil War’ Claim
Groups like Hope Not Hate are incredibly sinister and dangerous for quite a few reasons. So utterly convinced are they that their totalitarian vision of the world is what’s best for all of us, they do not do not question the morality of activities they undertake.
Their sole consideration is how on much damage they can inflict on to those who disagree with them. Disagreeing with a leftist vision for the world is an unpardonable sin, as anti-Islamist, communist activist Maryam Namazie knows well.
Some extreme left groups, like Hope Not Hate, pretend to care about Islamists and to condemn them. They also believe they are owed congratulations for this. It is easy to condemn beheadings, but until there is condemnation for a woman’s testimony being worth half that of a man’s, or recognition of the nature of the awful Muslim Brotherhood, the position of these groups cannot be taken even remotely seriously.
Hope Not Hate has called for the Mohammed cartoon exhibit to be banned. Its members believe that only political campaigning they approve of should get the light of day.
Extreme leftists despise democracy and routinely interrupt the democratic process. They cannot allow dissenting voices to be heard (just in case people might agree) so instead of facing up to the points raised, or the facts stated, they attack speakers and intimidate people in to not listening.
It must be understood that the extreme left in Britain represents a real threat to political freedom. They have defined the parameters of speech and a have a tied-and-tested weapon against all those who dares to dispute them.
The best way to deal with groups like Hope Not Hate is to make sure they have no bearing on our decisions whatsoever. In the face of their lies, there is only one thing that to be done – carry on.
When people become newly involved in political campaigning, particularly any kind involving Islam, they often do so with apprehension. Many are afraid of violence, or of being labelled a “racist” and therefore ostracised, and they invariably fear losing their jobs.
This fear is partly caused by deceitful, and particularly nasty attacks from people and groups on the extreme left. The left’s attacks on its opponents can be venomous. It’s important to note that rarely do leftists trouble themselves with political discussion of issues actually raised, nor does it often concern itself about whether or not the ammunition it will use for its attack contain any truth.
December 17, 2015: Hate not hope
For many years the Jewish Chronicle was a supporter of Hope Not Hate, an organisation that had admirable aims. But it has now lost its claim to be taken seriously. Last year it started targeting UKIP as if it was no different to the EDL or BNP. But its latest offering on supposed Islamophobes is not merely shoddy – it is dangerous.
Including those who criticise aspects of Islam, or even Islamism, even when some of those critics are practising Muslims, is libellous, ignorant and deeply counter-productive. It also effectively places them on a hit list for jihadis to target.
And including the likes of Melanie Phillips on the basis that she is a vocal defender of Israel is deeply disturbing. Hope Not Hate is now, it seems, engaged itself in the politics of hatred – by smear. http://www.thejc.com/node/151419
Durnan blocks the poster truck
16 June 2016: Exposed: Anti-Farage Remain Protest Linked To EU Bankers And EU Funded Trades Unions
A co-ordinated attempt to disrupt UKIP’s poster campaign launch today is linked to a former European Union (EU) banker, EU-funded trades unions, and the Wall Street hedge fund-backed hard-left group Hope Not Hate, Breitbart London can exclusively reveal.
Activists continued their relentless pursuit of UKIP leader Nige Farage on the campaign trail by boxing in the UKIP poster bus with two digital advert vans with large screens reading: “Don’t wake up with Nigel next Friday”, and, “Right on the ball Lord Farage, Minister For Health.”
They also blocked the view of photographers with signs reading: “United Kingdom, Not Divided Kingdom!” The signs were home made to portray the protest as grass roots driven – yet it was anything but.
In small text below the signs was their legally-mandated campaign imprint: “Promoted by Laurence Durnan on behalf of Best For Our Future Limited”.
‘Best For Our Future’ was registered as a private, limited company on May 5th 2016 at a mysterious shell address’ used by firms wishing to hide their true whereabouts.
Among the company’s ten listed directors is Cormac Hollingsworth, an economic policy consultant who has worked for the European Investment Bank, blogs for Left Foot Forward, and is listed online as a Chair of Trustees at the hard-left group Hope Not Hate.
He describes himself as an “expert adviser on financial markets, with a unique breadth of expertise and relationships that spans capital markets, regulation and policy”, and has worked numerous big European Banks and a globalist think tank.
Laurence Durnan, also a director, was recently the editor of the Political Scrapbook website, bankrolled by EU-funded, hard-left trades unions.“Blogging is great fun anyway, but I would say our contributors are ultimately driven to make life difficult for the right”, Mr. Durnan has said of the website he set up.
Speaking to Breitbart London’s Editor in Chief this morning Mr. Durnan said: “I read your publication every day. It’s a wonderful organ. Especially your stuff”. When asked who funded the protest this morning, he refused to declare it, but said that all spending would be registered with the Electoral Commission as required by law.