There are many reasons not to trust the Liberal Democrats, they can’t be trusted on the economy, on Britain’s relationship with the EU, on reform of the Human Rights Act, on immigration, on defence, on appeasement of Islam, on crime or on education. Let’s face it, if a senior Lib Dem told you it was raining outside you would be very well advised to go outside and check to see if they were telling the truth or not.
Now there is yet another reason to not trust the Liberal Democrats. Back in 2008 the respected churchman the then Bishop of Rochester Michael Nazir-Ali, spoke about the growing problem of areas of Britain becoming unsafe for non-Muslims. When Bishop Nazir-Ali made what the Spectator magazine described as a ‘very courageous speech’ on this issue, up popped Nick Clegg to deny that there was a problem. Also denying there was a problem were the Muslim Council of Britain but for them it is a case of MRD applies here* they always pipe up on matters like this.
Clegg said the comments made by the Bishop were: “a gross caricature of reality”. However, in the light of the various Muslim Patrols and Shariah Patrols that have cropped up in Britain’s Islamic enclaves and the growing number of attacks by Muslims on non-Muslims, Clegg’s comment is the one that is looking more and more detached from reality.
The Spectator magazine has said that in the light of the arrests of those who uploaded video of themselves harassing gay men in the street because the area is ‘a Muslim area’ that maybe it is time for Clegg to apologise to Bishop Nazir-Ali for dismissing his concerns about the growth of no-go zones for non-Muslims?
The Spectator said:
“While of course being delighted that the police have actually done something, it should be remembered that these events only came to light because the people who were doing the ‘patrols’ videoed their actions and posted the videos up on the internet. These were then picked up by the Commentator website and given widespread publicity. So on this occasion, it was all rather difficult to ignore.
Of course I wouldn’t expect anything from the MCB. But is it too much to hope that Nick Clegg and William Hague might now take this opportunity to apologise to Michael Nazir-Ali?
If they choose not to do so, perhaps it is because they think that this is a one-off event? In which case perhaps Mr Clegg and Mr Hague could assist us all by seeing how they might fare late at night in some of the more ‘diverse’ areas of our country?”
I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for Clegg to admit he was wrong and that no-go areas do exist in some of our more ‘diverse’ areas, but people can punish Clegg and his party for idiotic statements like that at the ballot box. Basically anyone who cares for this country should refuse to vote Lib Dem.
At Parliamentary elections, European elections, local council elections, parish council elections, go into the voting booth with the determination to not vote Lib Dem. Although individual candidates standing for the Lib Dems in constituencies, wards and regions, may be fine upstanding people who care for their potential constituents, that doesn’t take away the fact that the Lib Dems as a party do not have either your best interests, nor that of the country as a whole, at heart.
Bishop Nazir-Ali is much more of an honest and courageous man that Nick Clegg will ever be. Let’s hope that at the next general election the Lib Dems are punished at the ballot box for all the negative things they have done and said, not just on this issue but on all the others as well.
The reality is there are no-go zones for non-Muslims, and not being honest about them will only make the problems that no-go zones represent much, much worse. If we want to fashion a society based on peace, freedom and justice, tolerating or minimizing the effect of exclusion zones and Shariah Zones is definitely not the way to do it.
A vote for the Lib Dems is a vote for a fractured and fractious society, are you sure that that is what you want?
Links and addenda
Original spectator article by Douglas Murray from 31st January 2013.
*MRD applies refers to a statement in Court by Ms Mandy Rice-Davis during the Profumo affair in the early 1960’s
“He would, wouldn’t he “ is what Ms Mandy Rice-Davis said although it is often misquoted as ‘well he would say that wouldn’t he?’ See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandy_Rice-Davies
Daily Telegraph article on no-go zones from 2008
Note: It goes without saying that Hague and much of the Conservative Government should not be trusted on this issue either, but on this occasion I wanted to specifically stick the textual boot into the Lib Dems. There will be a later companion piece on the appeasers in the Tory party as wel