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We are now at the starts of a leadership contest for the Labour party following the election defeat and Ed Miliband's resignation.

Today the nomination stage ended.

Unfortunately the biggest lesson from the election defeat has not been learnt: policies don't matter, image does.

If people had focused on the Conservtive party's policies, they wouldnt have done as well - they had massive policy gaps and a £12 billion black hole that will hit the poorest hardest.

However David Cameron was more photogenic.

None of the new Labout candidates are. Chuka Ummuna was, but he has already withdrawn.

#MossadStoleMyShoe : When the other shoe drops

Recently Asghar Bukhari of MPACUK posted online that he had lost a shoe from him home. The twist was that he thought it was some sort of intimidation campaign by zionists who wanted to show that they could get to him,

The twittersphere exploded with ridicule from The Quilliam Foundation's Majid Nawaz who started a twitter hashtag "#MossadStoleMyShoe" to other zionists who found it easy to capitalise on this conspiracy theory.

Asghar Bukhari then followed this all up with his response where he stuck to his guns, stated that other activists have also suffered such things and even a former US senator who was pro Palestine documented such behaviour.

Naturally this has just increased the ridicule, exposing a level of paranoia that seems unreal.

Maghrib/Fajr times in the summer

I've just heard on Noor TV that after a few meetings, some scholars have decided that in the UK it is best to allocate a specific amount of time for Maghrib and Fajr:

Maghrib time lasts an hour from sunset

Fajr time lasts 1 hour and 40 minutes before sunrise.

It is interesting and I wonder which scholars participated in this and if they and others will be going along with it.

Top Muslim Cop: Negative attitudes towards Santa Clause and Alcohol signs of extremism


I guess he will next say that only extremists turn down bacon sarnies...

Why is it that the Muslims that do get to positions of power are often the biggest sell outs?

(To stop other people falling into extremism, it is precisely this sort of thinking which you need to avoid - the one that tars us all as extremists for simply accepting Islam.)

Fate of the Rohingya at sea

Rohingya on a Boat

Similar to the EU washing its hands off the refugees trying to cross from Libya into the relative safety of Europe. a similar but worse fate is facing the Rohingya.

It has now been a few years since the oppression of the Rohingya has come to the fore - from around the time the brutal military regime controling Myanmar "democratised", The Rohingya are the current bogeymen of Myanmar.

They have been persecuted, robbed of their rights and are not considered citizens of the country despite their presence being traced back to these locations for atleast a thousand years.

Remember when Tariq Jahan single handedly saved Birmingham from race riots after the murder of his son?


Haroon Jahan, Shahzad Ali and Abdul Musavir were murdered in the birmingham riots of 2011. There was every chance that in the climate of heightened tensions there would be race riots ripping apart Birmingham.

However, Tariq Jahan, the father of Haroon Jahan did not want this to happen.

Hours after his son’s death Tariq pleaded with angry crowds; “I’ve lost my son” he said “step forward if you want to lose yours. Otherwise, go home.”

David Cameron on British Values

“For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'”

The new government is off to a flying start.

They are starting easy by targetting "extremism" in Muslims (a group that is easy to scapegoat), but I am sure it wont end there.

Step 1:

Its not like they didn't pass some far reaching legislation already. This is just using the Muslim community as a scapegoat to pass the legislation. We will suffer first, but it won't end there. From the BBC link posted above:

Under the proposals, ministers would be able to silence any group or individual they believe is undermining democracy or the British values of tolerance and mutual respect.

Why I want 'Ed Miliband to be the next prime minister

Ed Miliband at the Leaders Debate

I do not want David Cameron to remain Prime Minister. I have pointed out the same in an earlier blog post w.

However that was not a ringing endorsement of 'Ed Miliband.

Some people may be put off voting Labour because the leader has Jewish ancestry, and not only that, he is a self confessed zionist.

To many, such as a Conservative council elections candidate in Derby, that will be enough to write him off as no good.

I still want him to be the next Prime Minister of the UK.