Is Taiba Yasseen getting dafter? Or when in hole…
According to the Advertiser last week Taiba is feeling especially got at and vulnerable to racists. Blaming it on unfair allegations of her involvement in the vitriolic attack and alleged deselection moves against Sarah Champion MP.
So much in fear that she now feels unable to move into town centre premises she bought to use as her personal home.
Pull the other one, Taiba.
Her statements could be a crude attempt to play the race card in efforts to rekindle a political career that has collapsed in spectacular fashion since the allegation of her involvement with Just Yorkshire and her, allegedly unconnected, sacking as a Cabinet member.
Is it just an attempt to gain sympathy and discredit those who’ve had the temerity to ask questions about her involvement with Just Yorkshire?
Sadly there is real racism out there, and real violent racists who need bringing to book. Unproven allegations about perceptions and feelings of racism create a smokescreen in which those real nasties can hide. The answer is to report racism to the police, get a crime reference number and if needed pursue them to do their duty. If that doesn’t work, THEN go to the media. Which makes me wonder, did she report any initimidation to the Police, and did she get a crime reference number?
If Taiba wants her political career back on course, it’s simple. Get Just Yorkshire to release all the names of those who attended a closed meeting that was probably plotting against Sarah Champion. A little bit of evidence might be useful as after all this is a charity, not a secret society.
What draws attention to Taiba is not racism but the murkiness and illogicality of some of her responses, along with her obtuse use of words that never quite form a clear statement. Until she starts to be clear these issues will dog her political career wherever she goes.
By the way, why am I concerned about Taiba’s frankness?
The property bought by Taiba is the Cross Keys Public house. A building with some 650 sq meters of space, more than 4 time bigger than the average four-bedroom house.
The costs of converting, a pub of 650 sq. meters, then heating and maintaining it are horrendous with very large rooms and 25% of the space being basement.
The location is not family friendly, in the towns night time economy area and opposite a noisy car park that doubles as a night base for Rotherham’s boy racers.
The square on which they sit is often used by EDL as the rallying point for their frequent, racist demonstrations in our town.
For a change of use and conversion to a private dwelling need a planning application, yet after almost two years of ownership non-appears to have been made. The allegations which she claims are unfair did not emerge until six months ago, so lets lets say that even after 18 months it appears that a planing application was not submitted.
There are projects that would make good economic sense of these premises. An apartment conversion, straight speculation on an increase in property values, restaurant or even an additional facility for the Chapel Walk Mosque where she has strong family connections. But please, don’t insult our intelligence and your own by saying fears of racist attack change plans that seem so incredible.