Asbo is happiest on the anti-fascism, anti-racism soap box, becoming the leader, the man of substance he wants to be. He is sure of his ground and the support of his community.
With Respect he changes tone, more the abusive street brawler, a shouter of curses. Quite simply he seems to lose it. They are cheats, liars, blasphemers and vermin and while disliking EDL & BNP he draws on an even deeper well of bile and vitriol when talking about Respect.
Why? The racists do the Pakistani community serious harm if and whenever they can. Whereas Respect are a movement containing young second & third generation Muslims, with a passion and commitment to leftish wing politics, fighting racism, disagreeing with British foreign policy and who want to open up and democratise politics within UK Muslim communities.
Asbo’s anti Respect rants emanate from Bradford. He was rattled by their victory at Bradford West and the election of five Councillors. These he puts down to the corruption and vile lying of Respect.
However independent research shows that far from Respect being corrupt it was Bradford’s Tory and Labour parties who for many years had treated voters with disdain through nepotism & cronyism. That their fraudulent use of postal ballots and purchasing of votes through ‘Biraderi’ (clan-based loyalty) left many Muslims feeling unrepresented and ashamed of the local Labour and Tory Parties.
“The-Bradford-Earthquake- How-Bradford West Was Won” http://goo.gl/RCuVX puts the lie to Asbo’s criticisms of Respect, finding there to be nothing irregular or untoward in Respect’s campaigning, certainly not compared to the history of corrupt practices by other parties in Bradford.
Asbo hates and fears Respect because they a go to the root of his power base, they provide an alternative voice, they don’t say different things in different languages and don’t fear him.
Their wanting to open up and democratise politics within UK Muslim communities is the only threat they are guilty of.
The EDL & BNP provide Asbo with the tools to keep his own community in fear, to cow liberals who fear offending and give him few points start in any debate. They exist for each other.
For the rest of us, well according to him we’re all Islamaphobic, even it appears many Muslims.
Read “The-Bradford-Earthquake- How-Bradford West Was Won” http://goo.gl/RCuVX
Wil Ewart– not a Respect Voter