It Is Muslims Who Have Been Most Let Down Here
Byline: By DENISE ROBERTSON Western Mail
There is only one phrase which fits the Abu Hamza story: you couldn't make it up. For seven years he has preached hate and incited savagery, all the while running rings round the rest of us, costing us in excess of pounds 4m and treating us with the contempt we probably deserve.
His family costs us pounds 1,000 a week in benefits, we have just given his half-million-pound council house a pounds 25,000 facelift, even though that council house was dishonestly obtained.
While living in it he owned another house, bought from the council and sold on by him for an astronomical sum. His profit was pounds 130,000 and yet we continued to keep him and his eight children as though they were paupers.
His legal aid bill is likely to top pounds 2m. This includes pounds 10,000 for a court session cancelled because Hamza said his toenails were too long for him to attend. Would you or I have got away with that excuse? So why did he?
I believe passionately in a united Britain, all races and creeds living as one, but something I saw enraged me. Militant Muslims were protesting, waving banners threatening death. A van driver remonstrated with them and was immediately pounced on by a policeman. The PC poked him aggressively in the chest, threatened to nick him, and told him repeatedly to shut up.
I can see the need to not aggravate a situation, but if we have one group allowed to say anything they like and another group barred from speaking at all, this will be manna from heaven to the BNP. …