Earlier this year in the east London boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Newham, posters suddenly sprouted in the streets declaring: 'You are entering a Sharia controlled zone. Islamic rules enforced.' Underneath were images indicating that smoking, alcohol and music were banned. Also this year posters declaring Tower Hamlets a 'gay-free zone' were put up across the borough. Police and local councillors declared that they would take all such posters down.
Now, however, it seems that the threatening implications of self-declared 'Muslim areas' are spreading into the heart of our democracy.
Last Friday Mike Freer, MP for Finchley and Golders Green, was forced to abandon his constituency surgery at the North Finchley mosque and hide in a locked part of the building when a group of activists from the 'Muslims against Crusades' group forced their way in. The Daily Mail reported that Mr Freer, a gay man and a member of Conservative Friends of Israel, said he was called a 'Jewish homosexual pig'.