A motion has been circulated for consideration at Labour’s next Boston Castle Ward meeting, please read it at the bottom…
What we have here is member of Cabinet, Taiba Hussain, promoting a motion that actively seeks to interfere with due legal process…effectively asking the Labour Party to politicise and work to have dismissed a case of violent conduct to be brought against 12 Kashmiri youth…prior to trial.
This is in denial of the fact that many have seen the videos evidencing violent conduct by some Kashmiri youth; brick throwing being one example. Let us also be clear that this violent conduct was not perpetrated against the white fascists as implied in the motion. But against the Police who in another part of Town were facing equally violent action from those white fascists.
I am not the judge or Jury in this case, and unlike Taiba and friends don’t claim to be. Yet having seen two videos of the events and spoken with residents and traders there is compelling evidence of a case needing to be answered by some. And suspected perpetrators brought to account.
That is what we do….people get arrested by the Police and evidence is submitted to the Crime Prosecution Service. Defendants organise and normally are provided with resources to build and present their defence. Then a court decides.
WE in South Yorkshire know that our Police force has been very badly managed and a small number of officers have been corrupted either intellectually, out of laziness or financially and sexually by drug dealers and pimps. We also know that a few politicians have used their positions to improperly influence the Police.
However, I struggle to think of anyone who thinks that an improved future local police and judicial structure can be built by actions such as this in Boston Castle Ward and by capitulating to the violence shown on Wellgate.
Let the judicial system prevail. For all its failings it is all we have, if failure is evidenced at the end of the process then we can consider the politics. If the wrong people are charged or the charges too severe let a Court adjudicate, then we can look at alternative evidence from those who allege the system has failed.
Equality before the Law is critical to our Justice system, and it is shameful that a Council Cabinet member should be seeking privileged status for those accused from what may well be her own community, friend and familial group.
Chris Read and Labour please think. Taiba Yasseens actions cannot be covered up, and even her merely seconding this motion show her incapable of applying impartiality, equality and wisdom to her role as Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Working and Cultural Services. It ties her closely to a group that includes the SWP and Muhbeen Hussain, and using tactics last used by Jahangir Akhtar and Mahroof Hussain.
Her role embraces many of what was called the equalities and community brief. However her prejudice and bias make her unfit for a Cabinet role, as her actions will only work to increase community divisions. And maybe tensions.
Mary B Joseph’s
THE MOTION TO BE PUT BEFORE BOSTON CASTLE LABOUR GROUP(unless someone with half a brain stops it.)
“This ward party/CLP recognises that the men known as the ‘Rotherham 12’ have been charged with violent disorder. The ward/CLP further recognises that this serious charge has been indiscriminately applied to all 12 men. The charge fails to recognise that those accused were defending their children, relations and community.
When two sides are in conflict one is the aggressor and the other the defender. Both may look the same but their motives are entirely different. The far right were looking to indiscriminately attack Asian Muslims. Those unfortunately and randomly picked upon were left with no choice but to defend themselves.
All the Rotherham 12 come from the local community. The far right from many other towns. There is no equivalence in their actions. Consequently, this ward/CLP expresses support and solidarity to the Rotherham 12 and calls for the serious charge of violent disorder to be dropped and the case to be reviewed.”
Proposed: Jonathan Smith
Seconded: Cllr Taiba Yasseen ”
Note on motion: Let us also be clear that this violent conduct was not perpetrated against the white fascists as implied in the motion, but against the Police! Unless, of course, in their world the police are fascists too?