Once the Mirpuri/ Pakistani community in Britain started to politically organise its leaders found the UK highly fertile ground for the introduction of political practices imported from their homeland.
Specifically I am talking about the close links between organised crime, politics based in caste and clan and the protection of the misogynistic male dominance within their own community; inevitably this ended up protecting sexual criminals.
A culture where the clan (Biraderi) leaders effectively abuse religion and family ties to enrich themselves , abusing their own community by deliberately building up fear of kafir (non Muslim outsiders) to make them toe the community leadership line. The likes of EDL, BNP and UKIP are a gift to a Biraderi leadership who canscare their own by saying “that’s what awaits if you leave our nest”.
Another tactic of the leadership is to be seen with white figures of power, because poor and ill-educated people understand power in a way that the empowered middle classes don’t. They are sending out messages: look at me, I can look after you, I can do things, don’t challenge me, I am more important than you.
Here we must make an important point that the Biraderi system and the criminal leadership are equally damaging for those within their own community. The inherent misogyny and mafia like threats to exclude and punish those who broke the code of silence means many crimes going unreported, many young Pakistani girls raped and then disinherited.
For those who choose to look there has been a build of evidence for many years that much of the political leadership coming forward from of the Pakastani/Mirpur community is corrupt, especially in inner town and city wards. Inevitably this local organisation has polluted the whole body of the Labour Party.
There is no excuse for the Labour Party nationally and locally turning a blind eye to these corrupt practices. In a meeting with Bradford Muslim women Ed Miliband actually promised that the Party would no longer depend upon the Biraderi leadership as its source of reference for the Muslim community.
Perhaps what Ed didn’t confront, or understand is that here we are talking about criminality and the tolerance of criminality for self -interest. In Rotherham that interest was the 2000 votes, guaranteeing the re-election of Labour Councillors and MP.
The crimes, including sex crimes are nothing to do with Islam or mystical cultural differences. It is never a question of the Labour party “tolerating the difference”, it was about too many in the party wanting to garner the block votes that come through the Biraderi.
The same power of the Biraderi leadership that oppressed their own communities and protect organised crime was what has attracted the Labour Party; they could use their control to deliver the vote. The only price for many in the Labour is wilfully turning a blind eye, and justifying it as an equalities issue.