Corruption Rife in the Pakistani Community, Says Minister

Benedict Brogan, Telegraph (London), November 22, 2013

Corruption in parts of the Pakistani community is “endemic” and a growing problem that politicians have underestimated, the Government’s chief legal adviser has said.

Dominic Grieve QC, the Attorney General, said ministers should “wake up” to the threat of corruption in public life, which he attributed to “minority communities” that operate a “favour culture”.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Mr Grieve praised the integration of minorities into British life, and pointed out that corruption can also be found in the “white Anglo-Saxon” community. But he said that the growth of corruption was “because we have minority communities in this country which come from backgrounds where corruption is endemic. It is something we as politicians have to wake to up to”.

Mr Grieve said he was referring to “mainly the Pakistani community” but added that other minority communities had similar problems.

His remarks could affect Britain’s relations with Pakistan. In 2010 David Cameron refused to apologise after he accused the country of “exporting terror”.

Ministers are aware that high-profile stories involving child abuse, Islamist extremism, slavery and corruption in the Pakistani community are being used by far-Right agitators such as the English Defence League to stir sectarianism.

Mr Grieve, the MP for Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire, has a sizeable South Asian community in his constituency. “I can see many of them have come because of the opportunities that they get. But they also come from societies where they have been brought up to believe you can only get certain things through a favour culture,” he said. “One of the things you have to make absolutely clear is that that is not the case and it’s not acceptable.”

He said electoral corruption in particular had increased. He identified Slough, Berks, as an example of where abuses had occurred. In 2008 a Tory councillor, Eshaq Khan, was found guilty of fraud involving postal ballots. Earlier this year the Electoral Commission announced it was considering introducing ballot box identity checks in Tower Hamlets, east London, in an effort to stamp out electoral fraud in areas with large South Asian communities.

Asked if he was referring to the Pakistani community, Mr Grieve said: “Yes, it’s mainly the Pakistani community, not the Indian community. I wouldn’t draw it down to one. I’d be wary of saying it’s just a Pakistani problem.” He added: “I happen to be very optimistic about the future of the UK. We have managed integration of minority communities better than most countries in Europe.”

Tory ministers have avoided singling out particular communities over political corruption. However, in 2010, Baroness Warsi claimed the Tories lost three seats at the general election as a result of voter fraud within the Asian community.

Mr Grieve also said the Government was considering how to deal with the expected influx of Bulgarian and Romanian migrants when movement controls are lifted in January. He acknowledged that “the volume of immigrants may pose serious infrastructure issues”.

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  • D.B. Cooper

    Mr. Brogan, your point is…?
    You can say that England’s unemployment, crime, and inflation will rise 999% due to Pakistani immigrants, yet the British serfs won’t do anything about it.

    • David Ashton

      What do you suggest?

      • ThomasER916

        A Golden Dawn in every nation.

        • David Ashton

          I am not sure that this particular has proved a good example. As you I no longer join in debateon AmRen; and I had already taken your – now deleted – advice on an alternative. This practical question was directed to Cooper, who still seethes with ignorant hatred and contempt for my English people. Let me leave it there.

          • ThomasER916

            Real debate on Amren is suppressed. I gave up on that, but I do try to post things I’ve learned that may help others.

            Where do you go as your alternative? Just curious because Facebook is awful.

          • David Ashton

            I still read AmRen and several other websites like TOQ, and my main motive has been similar to yours as stated, but I have too little time and no longer much inclination to debate here. I will make an exception only if my own English people are attacked, whether by Cooper who thinks we are all cowardly serfs or our other enemies who think we are all violent race-haters.

  • Spartacus

    “Ministers are aware that high-profile stories involving child abuse,
    Islamist extremism, slavery and corruption in the Pakistani community
    are being used by far-Right agitators such as the English Defence League
    to stir sectarianism.”


    Yeah… All the crap they’re doing is wrong because the “far right” will use it to “stir sectarianism” . By the way, notice we now have “sectarianism”, which we didn’t use to have before “enrichment”…

    • ThomasER916

      Have you been to TheOccidentalObserver and seen some of the root causes?

  • bigone4u

    When it comes to the “favour culture,” you ain’t seen nuthin’ till you’ve seen Mexicans work the system. Peoples of inferior intelligence and character will always act this way–Pakis in Britain and Mexicans in the US.

  • saxonsun

    Talk about a given.

  • Magician

    Dude corruption is everywhere nowadays in this world

  • shmo123

    “At its peak, managing the Raj required much manpower, so a not
    insignificant portion of the British population ended up going there

    No it didn’t. During the peak, it only took a combined total of 20,000 British officials and troops to rule over 300,000,000 Indians and Pakistanis. Hardly a significant portion of the British population, even then.

  • David Ashton

    It has always puzzled me too that the imperial experience had so little precautionary effect; though it did so even with academics as liberal as Philip Mason. The abandonment of colonialism occurred with guilt, aggravated by wartime anti-nazi propaganda, the immediate glow of many Commnwealth leaders with a residual respect for British values, and the infiltration of key institutions by cultural marxists. The actual sequence of events, including the fate of Mason’s own Institute of Race Relations, and the early immigration-control and anti-racism legislation, needs a close analysis and exposition, which I shall not attempt again here but will put into a book on the fate of my country.

    We were politically assured at one stage that “primary immigration” had ceased at a relatively minority-manageable level, and the subject was excluded from general election debate by the main parties who had the lion’s share of funds and media, but the south Asian population in particular was increased by chain-migration of relatives and accelerated asylum-claims. During the Blair period the doors were deliberately but surreptitiously opened wider.

  • David Ashton

    The Cultural Marxist epidural is wearing off.

  • David Ashton

    Vote UKIP Essential, but Stage One only. Undermine “EU” controls over national life and racial survival. Express the electoral disenchantment with the “system”.
    But Farage explicitly expects our island to float on an ocean of GLOBAL finance & City hedge-funding without the insulation Europe can provide against Asiatic competition. Some of us prefer Saxons, Normans and Romans to Chinese, Arabs and Africans.

    StageTwo must be a decent, rational and effective reassertion of co-operative “white nationalism” from Belfast to Berlin, Quebec to Queensland. Even more essential.