Hot potato or cowardice?

As you know the Truth Will Out team, along with other bloggers, keeps an eye on those in, and those who aspire to, public office in Waltham Forest.

It seems us bloggers are needed more than ever as Waltham Forest is bereft of a challenging press.

Former Waltham Forest Liberal Democrat Councillor and now old-fashioned Liberal, James O’Rourke, recently issued a statement in response to alleged calls from Walthamstow MP, Stella Creasy, for Sharia-compliant student loans.

We are sure O’Rourke will have contacted our local press on an issue that invites undesirables, such as the EDL, to say “We told you so” yet nothing has appeared on either Waltham Forest Guardian or Yellow Advertiser web sites.

Has our society become so paranoid as to stifle public debate on matters which affects us all for fear of retribution?

Free radicals prescriptive laws

Later this month Waltham Forest will witness the juxtaposition of different cultures according to a national newspaper.

Protected by national and international laws ‘hardcore Islamists’ are to set up Sharia law enforcement zones within which gambling, smoking, alcohol and free mixing between the sexes (“…the fruits of Western civilisation”) would be strictly prohibited. These areas would then be policed by “Sharia cops”.

According to The Daily Star, the move will see specific areas, including Walthamstow and Leyton, flooded with thousands of posters & stickers saying, “no gambling”, “no music or concerts”, “no porn or prostitution” and “no drugs or smoking” as an alternative to government attempts to combat violent extremism under the Prevent strategy.

We await to hear what plans Cllr Liaquat Ali, Labour Cabinet member whose responsibilities include implementation of the Councils Prevent Strategy, has to ensure members of the public rights are not infringed by this proposed action.

Lib Dem Farid Ahmed, well known for having a sneaky fag and pint in the Nags Head in Walthamstow village, may wish to stay in his home borough of Redbridge to avoid falling foul of having his collar felt by the “Sharia cops”.

Not to Plan?

A senior Labour Councillors intervention in a Chingford planning application has provoked calls for an ultra right-wing and anti Islamic organisation to come to Waltham Forest.

Under delegated powers Council Officers recommended the application for the expansion of a mosque in Chingford Mount Road be refused due to the loss of a residential premises, the impact on surrounding residential occupiers and parking, with the increased number of visitors. However, Cllr Afzal Akram, who represents Lea Bridge ward on the borders of Walthamstow and Leyton and the person responsible for the Councils Corporate Resources, Business & Employment, has stepped in to ask officers to refer the application to the Labour dominated planning committee.

Bloggers have voiced their opinions questioning Cllr Akrams motives for his intervention.

Cllr Akram’s questionable intervention can only but heighten the fears, legitimate or otherwise, that one section of our community is being given preferential treatment over others.

Faith v National Rules

The Truth Will Out team sends sincerest condolences to Mr Tulat Raja, a Lib Dem candidate in the May local elections, and his family for the loss of two loved ones in such a short space of time.

The case of Mr Raja’s cousin’s recent death in Waltham Forest has been highlighted in the Waltham Forest Guardian. It seems Muslim families are frustrated at the time it takes for the bodies of loved one’s to be released for burial abroad.

Stella Creasy MP

Walthamstow MP, Stella Creasy, has had discussions with senior Labour Cabinet Councillors raising her concerns over a Council policy which sees bodies destined for burial abroad held for four working days.

Whilst there is a need to respect the Islamic faith, where it is important to bury the deceased as soon as possible (within 24 hours of death), there must be a respect for the rules and laws of the United Kingdom.

Simply visiting the Governments information website offers some clarity.

Under the headings “Funerals outside England and Wales” and “Removing a body from England or Wales” the following excerpts can be found.

“The coroner will need at least four working days before the body is to be moved and will issue a removal notice (form 104), part of which is sent to the Registrar of Births Deaths & Marriages.” and “However, in urgent situations, the whole process can usually be fast-tracked.”

It seems the coroners discretionary power to waive the four-day rule depends on the definition of ‘urgent’.

Was Mr Tulat’s need to transport his loved ones abroad urgent? If yes what defines urgent? If no surely he and those who share in his beliefs should adhere to UK rules.

What is more concerning to the Truth Will Out team is the lack of knowledge the Member of Parliament for Walthamstow, Stella Creasy, has on the matter. The Coroner implements Government rules. Until May this year her Party, Labour, were in control for the last thirteen years.

According to the 2001 Census the Walthamstow constituency consists of 18% who describe themselves as Muslim. A significant minority for those people seeking office to canvass!