Readers may recall that I sent an e-mail to the Respect ‘coalition’ three weeks ago seeking clarification of their position regarding their biggest contributor, Dr Mohammed Naseem. Dr Naseem is an executive director of the Islamic Party of Great Britain, who believe that ‘lewd displays of homosexuality’ should be punishable by death.
I was curious why a party of the left which advocates (or so you’d think, anyway) socialism, sexual and gender equality, worker’s rights, etc., was comfortable being associated with someone who holds such medieval views. Maybe I’m being old fashioned, but I was under the impression that the radical left stood in opposition to people who believe this sort of thing. I guess I was wrong. Apparently, it is instead acceptable to share a platform with them and benefit from their financial backing.
Funnily enough, I have yet to receive any answer or acknowledgement. So I suppose there is only one conclusion to draw.
Of course, the actions in recent weeks of their most famous member and sole MP on a certain reality TV show have probably kept them very busy in terms of correspondence. So maybe I should cut them some slack and presume they have a backlog of emails to answer.
But I shan’t be holding my breath.