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Simon Danczuk, Cyril Smith and the Muslims of Rochdale

Last week, the flag of Pakistan was raised at Rochdale Town Hall to celebrate Pakistan Day (held every year on the 21st of March, apparently.)

The flag was raised by the Mayor of Rochdale and the ceremony was attended by various local councillors and the local Labour MP, Simon Danczuk.

The Pakistani organiser of the event, Ghulam Rasul Shahzad, said: “It is about our heritage and providing information to the local community. It is also about our youngsters as well because they are the future.” In response, the Labour MP said: “It is great that we have so many people of Pakistani origin in Rochdale.”

Another former councillor, mayor and Rochdale MP particularly keen on the Muslim population of Rochdale, including those from Bangladesh and Kashmir, was Cyril Smith, who started his political career in Rochdale as a Labour councillor in 1952 before he was elected as the Liberal MP for the Lancashire town in 1972 after a historic by-election win for the party.

In his book about Cyril Smith, ‘Smile for the Camera’, co-written with a fellow Labour activist, Matthew Baker, Simon Danczuk details Smith’s close relationship with the Muslim community in Rochdale, including the encouragement of electoral fraud amongst them, apparently. Quickly, according to Danczuk, Cyril Smith “transformed politics in the Asian community and became a powerful voice”, as they switched from Labour to Liberal en bloc, and Smith prevented people being deported as illegal immigrants and supported the building of the first mosque in the Lancashire town. Danczuk continues: “It was in this community that Cyril unquestionably had the biggest influence.”

The rest of the book graphically details Smith’s activities as a homosexual paedophile, his abuse of young boys at local children’s homes in Rochdale, which he controlled, within the local Liberal Party itself, which he also controlled, and the use of teenage rent boys in London after he became a Liberal MP in 1972 before stepping down in 1992. It explores the reasons why Smith’s crimes were covered up and his numerous arrests, including possession of child porn, went unreported by the media with the police prevented from prosecuting Smith because of his connections in the local (and national) establishment which included a high-ranking paedophile gang active within the well-heeled homosexual lobby (and corrupt liberal political establishment) at the time.

Smith died in 2010 and was never prosecuted for his crimes, though, as Danczuk indicates in his book, they were widely known within certain circles, including the leadership of the Liberal Party, for decades.

In another section of the book, Danczuk explores another child abuse scandal that went unreported for years in Rochdale after nine Pakistani Muslim men were jailed in May 2012 for the sexual abuse of hundreds of young English girls in the town. Bizarrely, in the book itself, Danczuk fails to mention the religious and ethnic background of both the victims and perpetrators leaving the impression that this latest sexual abuse scandal was just another corrupt institutional cover-up by incompetent local council officials and police.

In fact, it was a different kind of fear and political intimidation that prevented action over the Muslim grooming scandal in Rochdale, as Danczuk well knows.

Whilst, as Danczuk explains, Cyril Smith cultivated his innumerable contacts at local and national level, akin to Jimmy Savile, incidentally, whilst promoting his ebullient personality and larger than life character on numerous TV shows, to avoid exposure, again like Jimmy Savile, over the decades, it was fear of being called a ‘racist’ and political correctness that prevented the prosecution of the Muslim paedophile gangs in Rochdale (and elsewhere) allowing them to continue their sickening activities against the native population.

It seems, like Cyril Smith before him, Simon Danczuk, is keen to foster a profitable political relationship with the burgeoning Muslim population of Rochdale.

Just like Cyril Smith, he want their votes.

And, just like Cyril Smith, he works for a time when the beleaguered English population of Rochdale is a minority in its own land!