From the BBC, with thanks to Granny Weatherwax, comes this piece about British politicians’ lust for the Muslim vote. And why not? We’re not talking about a tiny minority anymore:
There are 41 constituencies where Muslims comprise more than 10% of the population. In one, Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath, they may now actually comprise just over half.
Top Muslim populations by seat
Birmingham Sparkbrook Small Heath 49%
Bethnal Green and Bow 39%
Bradford West 38%
East Ham 30%
Birmingham Ladywood 29%
Poplar/Canning Tow 25%
West Ham 24%
Bradford North 21%
Ilford South 20%
Source: ONS. Figures do not account for voting eligibility issues such as age or nationality
And how will they vote? The head of the “moderate” Muslim Council of Britain suggests they will vote against anti-terror measures:
“There is no doubt the issue of the war and anti-terror legislation plays a very important part,” says MCB head Iqbal Sacranie.
“In many constituencies I think we can expect a reduction in support for Labour – but how much is difficult to ascertain.”