Galloway won a surprise stunning victory at Bradford West, where the ethnic/age profile of the electorate is not so very different from that at Rotherham. Ridley’s tweets indicate that she and Respect are using the same strategy, namely helping young first time Muslim voters to sign up with their help to vote by postal ballot for Respect. This strategy won in Bradford West.
@yvonneridley out on the stomp: “Just met some first time voters in Masbrough & they said they’ll vote #respect. Brill. ” #Rotherham
The Islamists associated with the Ramadhan Foundation and Mohammed Shafiq have also been pushing a candidate called Mahroof Hassain (one of their number) as an entryist Islamist Labour candidate. They’ve also been doing an Islamist advance on the local Labour Party. They weren’t successful but did a staged walk out when he wasn’t adopted. Here’s the narrative they’ll be spinning:
100 memberswalkout as @mahroofhussain not selected the only winner now likely tobe @yvonneridley another @respectpartyuk upset in the making
Here’s another line they and the Islamist support crew from all over the UK are going to be running in the campaign:
Ibrahim Hewitt @ibrahimhewitt56
@yvonneridley is standing for Respect in Rotherham by-election caused by resignation of Zionist Denis Macshane. Go for it Sis!
It’s official. I’m standing as #Respect candidate for #Rotherham where thieving Labour MP Denis McShane was forced out. Great welcome today
I wonder how the Jihadis and Respectniks ardently campaigning for Ridley will square her present persona with her actual history? Her current Wikipedia entry will tell you that she’s been married twice; her first husband was a PLO intelligence officer, and her second husband a detective with Northumbria police.
But dig around finding some of the press coverage from 2001 of her capture in Afghanistan, and you’ll find this:
Ridley’s trip to Afghanistan was more than her mother, Joyce, could cope with.More unforgivably, Ridley put her nine-year-old daughter, Daisy, through a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Perversely, the Express and other papers madeDaisy the main story. “Give me my mum back,” said the Sunday Express front-page headline. Ridley wrote in her first report after her release, “Today I’m looking
forward to Daisy getting cross with me because she didn’t know mummy had gone to Pakistan.”
What all this had to do with understanding Afghanistan’s people-Ridley’s motive for making the trip-was not clear. It certainly didn’t help the plight of her two Afghan guides who could be imprisoned for 15 years.
The British press did not to take kindly to Ridley. Alice Thomson, writing in the Telegraph, said: “By entering Afghanistan, she didn’t just jeorpardise herown life, she caused an extraordinary amount of trouble for everyone else.”
At first the Taliban thought she was an American spy. “Amreca! Amreca!” they cried, as she was paraded through the streets of Jalalabad. It wasn’t as wild an allegation as it first seemed.
The press were asked by the British ministry of defence not to report this, but up until three years ago, Ridley was a captain in the Territorial Army.
The most recent of her three ex-husbands, Ilan Hermosh, was less easy to silence. An Israeli citizen who runs a restaurant, he told Israeli Army Radio that he had”contacts with the intelligence services”. Besides, she had no passport or visa on her.
Back in 2008, Yvonne Ridley was actually owning up to having had four husbands:
So, obviously, she is now single. (Ridley has been married three times: to Daoud Zaaroura, a former PLO officer and the father of her teenage daughter, Daisy; to a policeman; and to an Israeli businessman.) ‘No, I am actually married.’ For the fourth time? ‘Yes.’ She won’t tell me her husband’s name, though after a 20-questions-style routine, I find out that he is an Algerian she met ‘at various events’, and that he is ‘amazing … so far’. Under sharia, she was able to write her own wedding contract, in which she put down her hopes and expectations and even her exit strategy, were it to be necessary. What are her hopes and expectations? ‘For a happy, stress-free, committed marriage.’
Good luck with that…
It certainly helps your election chances with Respect on a ferociously anti-zionist ticket if you can forget that one of your husbands was an Israeli with, errm, contacts with Israeli intelligence, and on a ferociously anti-British-forces-in-Afghanistan ticket if you can also forget that you spent some years as an officer of the British Territorial Army….
Mind you, if she does get elected, will her fellow MPs have to address her as "the Honourable and Gallant Member for Rotherham"? It's a mind-boggling thought.
Helen Pidd in The Guardian reports the Great Walkout as if it was just some random group of members. This was in fact an organized display of intimidation by the Islamist entryists associated with Mohammed Shafiq and the Ramadhan Foundation, as can be seen very clearly from a look at Shafiq’s Twitter timeline, and those who retweet and exchange links and other tweeter names with him. Pidd presents the unsuccessful Islamist candidate Mahroof Jussain as just a very popular local Councillor who inexplicably failed to get selected. Where did she get her information about his popularity. Why didn’t she mention his connections with Islamist extremists?
She also fails to tell the Guardian's readers that this apparently dedicated popular local candidate also previously tried to get adopted as Middlesbrough's Labour candidate, supported on Twitter by the very same tweeters who were to go on and push Hussain as the popular choice at Rotherham.
What is mind-boggling is the dual involvement of the Ramadhan Foundation Islamist grouping in trying to insert and push Islamist candidates onto both the Labour and the Respect ticket. We all know about entryism, but this appears to be double-entryism. They are clearly organizing to get and recruit voting by Muslims, especially young first time voters, for Islamist candidates, and will push the emphasis wherever they think they are likely to win. They will also try and make the election debate at Rotherham a combination of capitalization on MacShane’s frauds and related “anti-zionism” plus Muslim grievances.
Shafiq is clever enough to try to go on playing his very successful role as the voice of moderate Islam and the Only Muslim in the Constituency to Speak Out against Child Abuse by Muslims. He now has a high profile for doing this in the mainstream press. They never look at what his remedy is– which is to induce Muslim men to adopt a fully Islamist lifestyle. He may well work with the Labour candidate in return for various promises about what his organisation will receive– and will be very careful to cover the links via the Ramadhan Foundation between Yvonne Ridley and the very nasty terrorist-supporting groups associated with them.
Labour in Rotherham has really got its work cut out. It may be tempted to stay silent about who and what lies behind Shafiq in return for his support. This is a path which is of course very tempting for Labour at national level.
It’s also worth remembering that Rotherham is part of a Euro MEP super constituency which voted in a BNP member (amongst others) on a very low turnout. It was the BNP that took the action that led to MacShane’s expenses frauds being acted on, and they are going to work very hard to capitalise on that in the by-election.
There is very little time for Labour to organise. The Islamists have been organizing themselves for such opportunities for a long time.
Nobody, but nobody dreamed that Galloway would take Bradford West. Everyone of course was wise after the event.
There is plenty to attack Labour with apart from MacShane. Getting the vote out may be correspondingly difficult.