There's a difference between being: -
- A Pressure Group: holding a public protest meeting to draw attention to problems posed by certain muslim social groups
- A Racist Sect: actually initiating violence against individual Moslems, mosques etc.
The EDL grew out of a perceived lack of action by the authorities to administer appropriate control measures by exercising existing laws, and to draw attention to institutional pro-muslim bias.
As far as I (and most of my friends and neighbours) can see, nothing has been done to address these issues in Bradford. I can't imagine that Bradford is unique in this aspect.
I would guess that the EDL, or a successor movement, will be resurrected as a pressure group to draw attention to the continued inequitable application of the law and the unwillingness of the government and local authorities to sub-divide into social groupings the reports that they release.
Last week, the Government released a report that stated 32% of Bradford 11-year-olds weren't achieving national standards in literacy.
The Bradford Telegraph and Argus report and the council's reponse left it at that, and said we must try improved teaching methods.
However, the Yorkshire Post reported that some Bradford schools were producing 11 year-olds where 60% weren't achieving the standard.
Rightly or wrongly, I suspect that: -
- those "60% failing" schools are all in muslim areas
- a lot of the children who are failing start school without being able to speak much, if any English
- most of the muslim children attending these schools were born in this country to homes where at least one parent was born in this country
- if one of those "60% failing" schools was in a mixed-ethnicity catchment area, the government would have Ofsted down on it like a ton of bricks.
- we are not doing those "60% failing" kids any favours by failing to deal with the matter head on with the muslim community and individual parents.
Of course, I may be totally wrong in my assumption, but: -
- Bradford Council will never release figures in a manner that such suspicions could be substantiated or rebuffed.
- The Bradford T&A will continue to remain selective about which articles are made open to readers' comments.
- The majority of non-muslim citizens will once again seethe about our great city being portrayed as one big sink estate.