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Passion Islam I June 2009 OPINION FEATURE I 19
actually £1,055 in credit. He has no He Said “It’s just the system is wrong Are Shahid Malik and Khalid
mortgage on the property but still and for the public it’s totally confusing Mehmood simply just bad Muslims
claimed £115,109 over seven years. and they think we’re all crooks - but that need to be replaced with better
Tory backbench MP Nadine Dorries we’re not.” Muslim in the Democratic process?
took £18,000 in rent payments. Beds Are these all just simply examples The ‘D’ word has reached a stage
daily between Westminster and her of rotten apples that need to be where it is sacrosanct to even question
“second home” in Bedford, where her ‘pushed out’ to allow more ripe and it, despite the fact that as a system
daughter goes to school and her dogs a newer breed of Politicians to come it is institutionally corrupt, produces
stay. This would mean she claimed out? terrible laws and has switched off
expenses on the wrong property. The American Writer, Elwyn Brooks millions from the political process.
Tam Dalyell Labour backbench described so simply that “Democracy So is there any surprise that
MP until 2005 Accused Of: Asking for is itself, a religious faith. For some it Muslims in Britain challenge the
£18,000 worth of designer bookcases comes close to being the only formal narrative of Democracy as the
for his Scottish turreted castle, the religion they have”. only form of governance that can
House of Binns, just eight weeks Hence it is of no surprise that guarantee prosperity? Is there any
before retiring as MP. Politicians have run away from surprise when the same ideals are
David Chaytor was disgraced criticising the ‘D’ word- Democracy. imposed in Iraq, Afghanistan and
following the revelation he spent And this is no different for the News Pakistan that people in these regions
nearly a year claiming £12,925 for a Channels, Newspapers, Magazines, show concern? How can such a
loan he had already paid off. Political websites, journals and blogs, discredited system be presented as
Elliot Morley claimed £16,800 in 18 all who have criticised politicians and ‘the’ model of governance countries
months after clearing his second not the Democratic system which should have?
home’s mortgage. breeds such corruption. Even more so, how can the British
There was even an Oscar level What is even more surprising Government in their latest adventure,
performance between parties to is how the Muslim community has the “Contest 2” document label a
present themselves as the leaders of constantly been bulldozed into Muslim as extremist who challenges
rectifying the situation. Gordon Brown accepting democracy as part of Democracy?
challenged David Cameron to justify parcel of a formation of a common “We want to move away from just
why taxpayers should pay millionaire identity and shared values that all challenging violent extremism. We
MPs’ mortgages. British citizens must subscribe to. now believe that we should challenge
He told Cameron: “The rich don’t In fact it was Hazel Blears, another people who are against democracy
need mortgages.” Politician in the firing line over and state institutions”,
Cameron, the wealthy Tory leader has expenses claims, that even organised This is not just a grievance
been claiming close to the maximum a Muslim youth advisory group to relegated to a particular community,
to pay a £1,176-a-month mortgage tackle ‘extremism’ and mobilise but seems to be an idea that many
on a £1.4million Oxfordshire house. this body to engage in Politics as a have reservations for- and this is not
Rich Shadow Chancellor George counter path to those who advocate just restricted to the recent expenses
Osborne bought his £445,000 non –participation for the very above furore.
constituency home in Cheshire for reasons. “Democracy means simply the
cash but then raised a mortgage on As part of these efforts we have bludgeoning of the people by the
it, charging the taxpayer £1,560 a already seen ‘Exemplar’ ‘Muslim’ people for the people.” Oscar Wilde
month. politicians presented to us in the past “The more you read and observe
Anthony Steen Tory backbench as voices for the Muslim Community about this Politics thing you got to
MP for Totnes tried to use the but in the last weeks have really admit that each party is worse than
sympathy vote after claiming the shown that their politics has nothing the other” - Will Rogers
maximum £87,729 over four years to do with serving communities but “Saying we should keep the two-
for items including tree surgery, only themselves. party system simply because it is
protecting shrubs against rabbits, a After Blear’s scandal, are such working is like saying the Titanic
wrought iron fireplace and a survey Politicians in the position to lecture voyage was a success because a
of his rhododendrons at his £1million the Muslim community on the ideals few people survived on life rafts.” -
Devon mansion. and ‘benefits’ of Democracy? Eugene McCarthy
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