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Tower Hamlets First Hitler sympathiser goes on DCLG-funded jolly to ‘promote integration’ (with some help from the Church)

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In the already right-wing enough West of Suffolk.

“The weekend away in Suffolk, however, has been funded entirely by the taxpayer…through a fund set up by the man Mahbub and his Tower Hamlets First colleagues love to hate: Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

They were given a grant of £2,000 for their weekend break from the £5million Near Neighbours Fund which was set up by the Department for Communities and Local Government in 2011. The intention was to promote inter-faith dialogue in key areas throughout the UK. East London was of course one such area.”


“There were no Jewish people invited on this weekend away together “promoting integration” and interfaith dialogue. Which is a shame because I wonder whether they’d have discussed this”

This was posted by Ahad Miah on his Facebook page during the Gaza crisis last summer. You can see that a friend of his has written “miss him” underneath.

So a man who “salutes” Hitler for exterminating Jews has been the recipient of DCLG money that was earmarked for promoting interfaith dialogue and integration. I wonder how many others share his views. What checks did the Church Urban Fund carry out on the people going on this trip?


Trial by Jeory

kentwell hall

Kentwell Hall is a beautiful historic Tudor home in Long Melford, near Sudbury, Suffolk. It’s about 90 minutes away from Stepney and has a moat, wonderful gardens and a rare breed farm.

It also has accommodation for honeymooners and for anyone simply wanting a break from the Big Smoke. Its Hall Barn Lodge and Annexe can sleep up to 14 and a weekend break with a group that size in early May costs £1,150, according to a quote I was given.HB O whole back

The accommodation looks lovely. Here’s the master bedroom, another guest room and the lounge area.

And, thanks to photos posted on Twitter by the Stepney branch of the Salvation Army, these were the guests there this weekend:

Salvation Army

That’s the group having dinner on Friday night. On Saturday, they went horse-riding:

stepney fathers, near neighbours

They’d also wanted to go quad biking but I’m not sure they did in the end.

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Written by Andrew Coates

April 20, 2015 at 11:40 am

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  1. The fact that the “left” is not up in arms about this tells an awful lot about the present state of much of what passes for the “left”.

    Jim Denham

    April 20, 2015 at 1:53 pm

  2. I am not in arms about this because I knew nothing about it. That goes for many I suppose. This, Jim, tells us nothing about people who knew nothing about it. Nobody can be everywhere. That’s the value of ‘social media’, it tells us about things we didn’t know.


    April 20, 2015 at 4:34 pm

  3. Very true Pinkie.

    The story was flagged up on Facebook.

    I would not have heard about it otherwise.

    I re-blogged it principally for the story itself, but also out of local interest.

    These resorts for the wealthy to cavort about in, there are lots of them in rural Suffolk – stand in great contrast to the homes and lives of the many people in Ipswich.

    Here conditions for a substantial number of people are as poor as for those who live in Tower Hamlets.

    One major difference though is that you can go from what is essentially a chunk of rough urban London (not that all this town is like that, but a big slice is), to chocolate box villages and the ‘Big Houses’, in a fourteen minutes drive.

    Andrew Coates

    April 20, 2015 at 5:13 pm

  4. This >

    “As part of this year’s World Social Forum (WSF), held in Tunis on 24-28 March, there was a public discussion entitled “Dialogue for peace and social justice in Ukraine”. Apart from the “Prague Spring 2 Network” which organised the discussion, participants included activists from Kyiv and Donbas, as well as deputies from the European Parliament, including Gabriele Zimmer, and representatives of left parties and social movements from around the world.

    What made the event unique was that for the first time representatives of the left who had taken an active part in the Maidan protests met around the same table with representatives of the left from Donbas with connections to the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DNR). It turned out that, despite their different views of the character of Maidan, and on the context of the emergence of the DNR, they were able to identify common problems and objectives, and to reach a broad consensus on the necessary steps to achieving peace in Ukraine and on strategies to overcome the systemic crisis in the country.

    The participants emphasised the need to stop the use of the rhetoric of hatred, employed not only by the far-right, but also by so-called “leftists”, the media, and politicians in Europe and Russia. There was discussion of the activities of Boris Kagarlitsky and his site “Rabkor”, which systematically inflame the conflict, poisoning both sides, presenting the oligarchic government of Ukraine as a “fascist junta”, and Ukrainian soldiers as members of punitive expeditions (“karateli”).”


    Also drawing attention to this interview with Russian socialist Ilya Budraitkis:

    “But you have a huge provincialization of the left as a whole because they can’t even understand each other and every leftist community, they believe in their own national reality. And that’s why they can be so easily manipulated. By whom? By Russia Today? I think it’s a very pitiable situation because the Russian propaganda machine, which is not the most clever, not so smart . . . it can so easily manipulate such a big sector of the Western left. It points to the problem of the Western left itself, but not the strength of Russia Today.”


    Paul Canning

    April 20, 2015 at 11:19 pm

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