posted on Jul, 2 2011 @ 05:59 AM
The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has a long tradition of immigration. Over the centuries, various groups have moved into the area, from Jews
fleeing the various European pogroms, French Hugenouts originally from Holland, West Indian/Afro-Caribbean, Indian and other Asian and more recently,
mainly Islamic Bangladeshi's who now form the largest ethnic minority group in the Borough.
Prior to 2007, no other group had even suggested, let alone demanded that historic burial grounds (or indeed, any other historic landmark), be
redeveloped for their sole use.
The argument that it is not the minority community itself demanding this but rather a suggestion made by local government, is misleading. Local
government officers and representatives in the Borough are increasingly made up of members of said minority groups who are not representative of
majority or holistic interests and views.
The church of St Mary-le Bow is situated within the Borough. To be a true Cockney, one must be born within earshot of Bow Bells. The suggestion that
the graveyard be redeveloped for the sole use of a sizeable minority that does not respect local culture was a direct cultural attack upon long held
Cockney tradition and values.
The proposals were not successful because the English (I do not know enough about how the Welsh or Scotts operate under such circumstances) have our
own ways of countering this type of incursion into our culture and traditions. Environmental campaign and protection groups hold influence over urban
and rural planning decisions. For instance, English Heritage and the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England will become involved in any disputed
planning application that may negatively impact on any building of historical interest or value, area of natural beauty, area of special scientific
interest, natural habitat of any endangered species etc.
London's green spaces are very important to the health of the city and all her inhabitants and all those who advocate their destruction (or
redevelopment) will find they have little chance of having their proposals passed by either local government or the Secretary of State. Consider how
whole tracts of Hackney Marshes had to be left untouched by the Olympic Park/Village developement!
So to those calling 'Islamaphobia' over objections to Londoners challenging proposals to desecrate historic burial grounds and to those claiming
that Brits have no spine, the fact is most Brits are not afraid of the truth about how successive governments have capitulated to politically correct
agenda's or how we are legally able to successfully challenge incursive agenda's to infiltrate and destroy our heritage.