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calendar   Sunday - November 24, 2013

inflammatory remarks about one minority community by a senior politician

I don’t know if it’ll make much difference, but this was a surprise coming from a senior politician.

I guess he isn’t running for elected office, but the pc crowd who always search out and find offense is sure to lock on to this one.


Pakistanis in UK fuelling corruption, says law chief: Attorney General warns politicians to ‘wake up’ to the threat posed by minority communities

Dominic Grieve made inflammatory remarks in a newspaper interview
He said minority communities have ‘endemic’ corruption
‘It’s mainly the Pakistani community, not the Indian community’, he claimed
Also said corruption could be found in ‘white Anglo Saxon community’
The senior law officer said that the authorities should take action to combat electoral fraud in areas with high migrant populations

By Gerri Peev

Corruption is rife in Britain’s Pakistani community, the country’s most senior law officer has warned.

Dominic Grieve said politicians needed to ‘wake up’ to the threat of corruption posed by minority communities using a ‘favour culture’.

In remarks that will inflame already sensitive diplomatic relations with Pakistan, the attorney general said he was referring to ‘mainly the Pakistani community’.

He said electoral corruption was a problem in constituencies such as Slough in Berkshire. Tory councillor Eshaq Khan was found guilty of fraud involving postal ballots in 2008.

Khan and five others were jailed in 2009 for using ‘ghost’ voters to win a local council ballot to oust longstanding Labour councillor Lydia Simmons from her seat on Slough Borough Council.

The audacious scam in 2007 was described by the Crown Prosecution Service as part of an ‘epidemic’ which threatens to destroy democracy in the UK.

Father-of 10 Khan received a three-and-a-half year prison sentence for conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and perjury.

The Electoral Commission is planning to introduce tougher identity checks at the ballot box in Tower Hamlets in East London, another area that has suffered from electoral fraud.

David Cameron sparked outrage earlier in his premiership when he accused Pakistan of ‘exporting terrorism’ while on a visit to India.

Mr Grieve told the Daily Telegraph that corruption could also be found in the ‘white Anglo-Saxon community’ as well as among other groups.

But he said the rise of corruption was ‘because we have minority communities in this country which come from backgrounds where corruption is endemic.

‘It is something we as politicians have to wake to up to’.

Qassim Afzal, the Lib Dem chairman of the party’s Friends of Pakistan group, criticised what he called Mr Grieve’s “loose language”.

He told BBC Radio 5Live: ‘I’m profoundly disturbed at a statement from such a senior Conservative MP against the British Pakistani community.

‘This doesn’t help bring communities together.’

Baroness Warsi, the Foreign Office minister, has previously said the Conservatives lost three seats at the general election because of voter fraud in the Asian community.

Mr Grieve, whose Beaconsfield constituency in Buckinghamshire has a sizeable Asian community, said: ‘I can see many of them have come because of the opportunities that they get.

‘But they also come from societies where they have been brought up to believe you can only get certain things through a favour culture.

‘One of the things you have to make absolutely clear is that that is not the case and it’s not acceptable.’

Asked if he was referring to the Pakistani community, Mr Grieve said: ‘Yes, it’s mainly the Pakistani community, not the Indian community. I wouldn’t draw it down to one. I’d be wary of saying it’s just a Pakistani problem.’

He added: ‘I happen to be very optimistic about the future of the UK. We have managed integration of minority communities better than most countries in Europe.’

Mr Grieve also admitted that the ‘volume’ of potential immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria next year when movement controls were lifted ‘may pose serious infrastructure problems’.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/24/2013 at 09:16 AM   
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