The scandal, which erupted in March, hardly came as a shock to Peter, and he was similarly unsurprised to learn local authorities — including the council and police — were well aware of the issue in the early 1990s but failed to act for fear of being labelled racist
After all, four years earlier he'd authored Easy Meat, which delved into the issue of Islamic grooming gangs in forensic detail. His conclusions were stark — they're a nationwide epidemic, operating in almost every major town, and have been consciously covered up for decades. Perhaps predictably, his work was almost totally ignored by the mainstream — and while there's growing recognition of the phenomenon today, he believes the book will still be "years ahead" of public debate in decades to come.
Nonetheless, Peter's own views on the subject have evolved since its publication. While previously he believed officials' blind eye to grooming gangs was simply motivated by stringent political correctness, now he concludes politicians, supported by the media, law enforcement and other state organs, have forged a conspiracy of silence obscuring all negative aspects of Islam, in support of the long-term goal of "total Islamisation" of the West.
The case of Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary palpably demonstrates "the extent to which this deception is constructed", Peter believes.
Jailed for five and a half years in March 2016 for inviting public support of Daesh*, a proscribed organization, in the 15 years prior the London-born Choudary had frequently made headlines for his extremist statements and activities. An avowed supporter of the global implementation of Sharia law, he helped recruit British-born Muslims to Osama Bin Laden's International Islamic Front in Chechnya, praised the perpetrators of the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks in the US and the July 7 2005 London underground bombings, called for the execution of the Pope in 2006, and co-founded Salafi Wahabi organization al-Muhajiroun — and much, much more.
"Choudary is not a maverick or an outlier. People who live in his adopted home of Walthamstow have told me whenever they see him on the street, he's mobbed by local Muslims, queuing up to shake his hand. Before his imprisonment, a production company made a documentary comparing Choudary and Tommy Robinson — Islamic extremists and anti-Islam activists being mirror images of one another is a common media trope — which featured footage of him receiving standing ovations in mosques, even ones he was supposedly banned from. Channel 4 purchased the documentary but it never aired, interestingly," Peter tells Sputnik.
If true, it wouldn't be the first time the broadcaster helped suppress uncomfortable truths about Islam in Britain. In May 2004, the network produced a 'Dispatches' documentary — Edge of the City — dealing with Muslim grooming gangs in Bradford, northern England.
The project was the culmination of an almost decade-long inquiry by director Anna Hall — she'd been contacted by the city's Barnardo's branch in October 1996, with a view to producing a film warning children and parents about a pattern of child sexual exploitation in the area, in which local Asian men were targeting girls aged-11 and up, giving them phones, and showering them with attention and affection — when they eventually had sex, the men would introduce their friends to the girls, and the girls would be coerced into sleeping with them too.
"Everybody wanted to pretend it wasn't happening. All anyone seemed concerned about was the risk of a race riot if we mentioned it," Hall has said.
However, on the eve of broadcast, Bradford council pressured Channel 4 into cancelling the program, on the basis it could impact the result of the impending local elections in Bradford, and potentially produce skirmishes between local youths, split along racial lines, which had engulfed the city three years prior.
"That a national broadcaster crumpled so easily to political pressure, and allowed a very important factual program to go unshown because it could've influenced the outcome of an election beggars belief. It's a clear demonstration the UK political establishment do not want citizens' voting behavior to be influenced by facts and evidence — and the determination of the authorities to obscure facts from public view," Peter told Sputnik.
The jailing of Tommy Robinson in May represented another clear demonstration of authorities' determination to obscure facts from public view, Peter suggests.
Robinson was convicted of contempt of court after livestreaming outside Leeds Crown Court during the trial of an Asian grooming gang based in Huddersfield, in breach of stringent reporting restrictions imposed by the judge, receiving a 13-month sentence for publishing information that could prejudice an ongoing trial.
"Muslim grooming gangs have been operating in the UK since the 1970s at least, but 85 percent of trials haven't been reported by the media — and when they are, journalists typically dismiss their ethnic element. Tommy refused to play their game and keep the perpetrators' race concealed, and got punished for it — it's perfectly clear what was done to him was absolutely draconian and not in keeping with past cases. He's the first journalist to be jailed for contempt of court in 60 years," Peter suggests.
His arguments found a sympathetic audience in the appellate court, which ruled in August a new hearing of the case should be convened, and released Robinson on bail pending the new hearing. The appellate court agreed to hear his appeal even though the appeal was launched outside the 28-day time limit for challenging convictions, on the basis he'd been held in "effective solitary confinement", making it difficult for him to confer with his lawyers.
Although he welcomes Robinson's release, Peter sees "no hope" for Britain, an "unarmed" country home to "the most cowardly middle class in the Western world" — while he suspects members of the public will resort to "vigilante justice" in lieu of state protection in years to come, it'll be too late. All one can do now, he says, is "document the country's ongoing decline".
"Ultimately, Islam is a religious and political ideology committed to warfare, subjugation and absolute intolerance of non-Muslims, and that this is a controversial opinion now is an indication of how effective the elite's cover-up has been — for centuries, this was widely accepted. There's a statue of Richard the Lionheart outside parliament — he was a central Christian commander during the Third Crusade, battling Muslim attempts to absorb the whole of Europe. It'll probably be taken down for being ‘Islamophobic' in years to come. Similarly, Gordon of Khartoum, who fought Islamic groups — similar to the modern Daesh — trying to enslave Africans in Sudan, used to be a British folk hero. Now, I'd bet the vast majority of UK citizens have no idea who he is," Peter despairingly concludes.
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*terrorist organization banned in Russia