Self-appointed Muslim yoof guru Mohammed Shafiq is no shrinking violet when it comes to promoting himself.
Some say the Deeplish Lad was getting too pally with the US media. (He was on Panorama don't you know). So lately he appears to have toughened his act up.
Many of his recent comments on the discussion board of Rochdale Online are true gems of high farce. His views on community relations can often be a sight to behold with liberal sprinklings of phrases such as 'genocide', 'holocaust' and referring to Israel as 'Zion' and describing them as Nazi's. Yet his public comments are tailed with the ironic tagline:
“M Shafiq - Working to promote understanding between communities”.
Is it too much to conclude that Brand Shafiq's inflamatory references to “Zion” ensured that racist and religiously bigoted thugs vandalised a Rochdale Baptist chapel last week? Fear not, Mighty Gob Shaffiq hath made a public pronouncement. Talk about having his cake and eating it?
All Children of Ibrahim are welcome to sup at young Shafiq's table (providing he can get a photo/press release and perhaps a TV interview out of it. -He was on Panorama don't you know). Apparently whilst at St Peter's Square in the Vatican, pilgrims were heard to ask who the old German geezer was stood talking with young Master Shafiq -the boy off the telly- (who has also been on Panorama).
Shafiq's ego has really been in overdrive recently. It must be costing him a fortune in vain texts to 'supporters' informing them of when he is to appear on satellite link ups for the BBC, Canadian and US television news. (Has he mentioned Panorama?)
In true, push-me-pull-you Lib Dem style he has managed to inflame both sides of opinion regarding Prince Harry's recent 'P'-Gate debacle. But at least he gets two bites of the international media cherry- first by calling Prince Harry a “thug” who should atone for his racism by coming up north to meet him. Then he publicly retracts some of his previous comments with a flourish and apparently receives a grateful email from Clarence House for his sycophancy. Double bubble.
No wonder Donal Blarney compared Shafiq to Private Eye's Glenda Slagg.
But has Shafiq created a truly awesome feat of community cohesion? It seems folk from all sides, left/right, black/white, gay/straight find him an irritating, jumped up, opinionated moron.
But who is Mohammed Shafiq?
There is a lot of stuff on the web about him. A lot of it looks as though he put it there himself. Nevertheless it gives an intriguing insight into the public face of a self-promoting fool (who has appeared on Panorama).
Young Mo doesn't say a lot about his job or education but does a quick internet shufty show Shafiq in a shady situation? For those who are LinkedIn it appears Mohammed Shafiq doubled as both a “Chief Executive” and a civil servant- working for Her Majesty as an Administrative Officer in a JobCentrePlus in Stockport. Prior to that (according to a modest article in USA Today) Shafiq worked in the Job Centre at Bolton. Shafiq's MSM moniker is “shafiqdwp”
There is a talk, from within Rochdale Lib Dems, of Shafiq getting a ticking off for using Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) notepaper for some of his illiberal rants.
So, does this international man of mystery find the time to work for a UK government agency? How does he find the time to appear on Sky, BBC (Panorama), CNN etc etc? Does a servant of the Queen not have to be careful what he says in public- especially on delicate issues of race and religion? Is there more to this working relationship than meets the eye?
Modest Shafiq has a blog – where he describes himself as:
“one of the most recognised faces speaking on Muslim issues in the interantional (sic) arena, he talks about his life, outlook on news and views in general. He appears on regular programmes across the globe”
Shafiq makes no mention of his education. Being the sort of trumpet blower that he appears to be, if he had qualifications we would all know about it. There was talk of him starting an NVQ but the work on building his hollowed-out volcano and media appearances must have got in the way.
Shafiq has his own personal website. This vain piece of digital masturbation is a sight to behold. There is also a chance to donate cash to him online. What do his government employers or the Inland Revenue think about this income stream? Is all the cash accounted for?
His personal website also has a “media centre” page. He has not one, but two mobile numbers.
There is a collection of Shafiq's TV appearances (including Panorama) on YouTube and his photo album on Flickr. What a busy boy he is.
It seems young Shafiq was once Vice Chairman of Rochdale Liberal Democrats until it was discovered he had foot-in-mouth syndrome.
Foot in mouth #1:
Shafiq called fellow Rochdale Lib Dem, Cllr Elwyn Watkins a racist on TV (not Panorama). Thats not very nice given that Elwyn spends a lot of time in Saudi working for a mystery Sheik. Perhaps Shafiq could make amends by producing a private video where he calls Elwyn his “little Taffy friend”. He could issue an edict criticising himself, then another issuing a profound personal apology. Double bubble.
Foot in Mouth #2:
Shafiq was caught in flagrante massaging his own ego on the Rochdale Online message board. Writing as “Deeplish Lad” he delivered purple prose about himself. Things got messy when he was metaphorically caught with his pants down whilst on the internet.
Foot in mouth #3:
Shafiq made national news (but not Panorama) by calling for the sacking of Trevor Phillips- then Chair of the Race Equality Council. In words that caused a wry smile from those that knew the Moron from Milkstone Rd, Shafiq had the brass neck to say about the Head of the REC:
“He is more interested in being a personality than doing what he should do and promote community cohesion." Fancy that eh?
Foot in mouth #4:
Shafiq also accused the Bishop of Rochester, Dr Nazir Ali, of “whipping up hatred against muslims” The barmy Bishop basher suggested Dr Ali's comments would “remind people of the road to nazism”.
After these outburst of drivel, the vice chair of Rochdale Lib Dems was too hot for Shafiq to sit in.
He says he remains an advisor to Nick Clegg on diversity matters. Wow.
Does Nick mind Fib Dem shapeshifter Shafiq speaking (to) Balls?
Strangely there is little written about any Shafiq's relationship with fellow Rochdale Lib Dem Paul Rowen, the current MP for Rochdale- a man who has only just discovered Palestine. Why are they both so coy? Doesn't Shafiq advise Paul about Gaza? Isn't Paul Rowen a shadow shadow minister for the work and pensions- a ministry responsible for an H.M Government department that Shafiq gets a pay cheque from?
Shafiq and The Smiths.
Cyril Smith and gormless brother Norm have kissed the Shafiq Ring. Cyril gave him a double thumbs-up. What words of wisdom were shared during that meeting?
“Now then, all you have to do sprout daft opinions, look busy, be in lots of photos taking the credit for the work of others- and don't get caught squeezing bollocks or with your hand in the till. If it all turns to shite, deny everything and get your followers (or yourself) to write supportive letters in the Rochdale Observer.”?
No problems with that. A chip off the Spanker Smith's block- Shafiq is a fine asset to the Rochdale Lib Dem Brains Trust.
The only thing is- it appears he isn't that bright. Plus he has a remarkable talent for getting up the noses of most factions of the fractious Rochdale Lib Dem party. The old, white, illiberal stick-in-the muds don't like “his sort”. He is truly hated by several Muslim members. He has even managed to annoy and patronise the most liberal of party members with his moronic pronouncements to the media. Quite a loose cannon on the tinder box issues of race and religion. His association with the shadowy Ramadan Foundation is both an embarrassment and a mystery.
What is the Ramadhan Foundation?
The Ramadhan Foundation describes itself as “UK's Leading Muslim Youth organisation”.
How is such an accolade calculated? By membership? By income? By appearing on Panorama?
The Ramadhan Foundation is not a charity. There is a limited company listed with this name. It is registered to a unit in an industrial trading estate in Oldham. There is no share capital. No accounts have been filed and an overdue penanlty beckons. There is a proposal to strike this company off the register. Is this another Shafiq success story or something unrelated? Perhaps Panorama should investigate?
The Hotfrog business directory lists the Ramadhan Foundation under the heading voluntary and charitable organisation. It gives an address in Rochdale and one of Shafiq's mobile telephone numbers.
According to the T'interweb, Shafiq is/was the Ramadhan Foundation's:
Founding Member, Project Manager, Press Spokesman, plus there was a recent “annoucment” (sic) of his appointment as Cheif (sic) Executive.
(oh, and he appeared on Panorama).
The Ramadhan Foundation says its Advisory Board is made up of “ international Scholars and intellectuals”. It lists Mohammed Shafiq as Chief Exec but doesn't say whether he is an international scholar or just a mere intellectual.
So there we have it. Mohamed Shafiq- Rochdale Lib Dem international man of mystery.
Is he a hard working, modest hero doing his bit for all communities in his spare time from his job as a civil servant? Or is he a self-appointed, bishop-bashing, egotistical moron, whoring himself to the western media by delivering spicy soundbites about Islam to western news organisations desperate for a friendly young Muslim face to provide lame reassurances and faux debate?
Or he might just be a bit of a tit.