Yesterday on my LBC Drivetime Show we talked about the rising tide of extremism in some areas of Tower Hamlets in the East End of London. Last year there was a lot of publicity about the so-called ‘Muslim Patrols’ who were seeking to impose Sharia Law by ordering people to stop holding hands in the street, to stop drinking alcohol etc. Several members of these patrols were arrested and charged. But there is now a worrying development. So-called ‘Christian Patrols’ have now been formed by a man called Paul Golding who says he is the leader of a radical right group called ‘Britain First’. They hang around outside the East London Mosque, holding cans of Stella Artois, trying to provoke confrontations with muslims in the mosque.
On the programme I started off by interviewing Matthew Collins from ‘Hope Not Hate’, which provoked Paul Golding to phone in. A little later we took a call from Abu Remaysah, who says he is the founder of the ‘Muslim Patrols’. Both conversations became a little heated, as you will hear if you listen to these two Audioboos.
All a bit ‘Life of Brian’, if you ask me!