Was a little respect too much to ask?

The Blackburn candidates for the general election took part in a live debate at the Cathedral today But things were overshadowed by the actions of one candidate.

In attendance were Jack Straw (Labour), Michael Law Riding (Conservative) and Paul English (Lib Dem).

But Independent candidate Bushra Irfan was insistent on taking part in the event.

Organisers did not feature her on the panel but Bushra's election agent and Bushra herself were keen to find out why and claimed they had been sent an invitation via e-mail.

But the manner in which they behaved did little to impress anyone.

This being a Cathedral and the house of God should have been enough to force Bushra and her handful of supporters to leave with dignity or watch the debate from the audience.

If this had been a mosque there would understandably have been uproar but should one behave any differently because this is a Christian place of worship?

Tempers did get heated and voices were raised but is it not up to the organisers to choose who they invite and not candidates to impose themselves on such events?

If you claim to 'representing the Muslim community' then you should have the dignity to behave as a true Muslim would.

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11:33pm Tue 20 Apr 10

Earl_ODE says...

Can the reporter please give more details. I write more in a txt msg. 'Particulars are still vague', are they?
Can the reporter please give more details. I write more in a txt msg. 'Particulars are still vague', are they? Earl_ODE

11:53pm Tue 20 Apr 10

farida says...

i came across bushra irfan very briefly a few week ago. she is a very arrogant ill mannered woman. i for sure wont be voting for her. disgusting
i came across bushra irfan very briefly a few week ago. she is a very arrogant ill mannered woman. i for sure wont be voting for her. disgusting farida

1:29pm Wed 21 Apr 10

abdullah says...

Was it not the Asian Image who gave a raving article on this rude woman,singing her praises.Now we have the opposite,make youre mind up.I for one was quite taken aback in the article last month which was quite favourable in backing her campaign.Whats happened is this flawed heroine has shown her true ugly colour,why the shock and surprise,sooner or later this was going to manifest itself.I would urge all voters not to waste their votes on this self publicist who cares only about herself.
Was it not the Asian Image who gave a raving article on this rude woman,singing her praises.Now we have the opposite,make youre mind up.I for one was quite taken aback in the article last month which was quite favourable in backing her campaign.Whats happened is this flawed heroine has shown her true ugly colour,why the shock and surprise,sooner or later this was going to manifest itself.I would urge all voters not to waste their votes on this self publicist who cares only about herself. abdullah

4:40pm Sun 25 Apr 10

Imran786 says...

abdullah wrote:
Was it not the Asian Image who gave a raving article on this rude woman,singing her praises.Now we have the opposite,make youre mind up.I for one was quite taken aback in the article last month which was quite favourable in backing her campaign.Whats happened is this flawed heroine has shown her true ugly colour,why the shock and surprise,sooner or later this was going to manifest itself.I would urge all voters not to waste their votes on this self publicist who cares only about herself.
I have met her she is an ill manared women not to be trusted. I was awoken this morning 9Sunday) by a loud hailer shouting vote bushra she is a curropt lawyer who has done nothing for us
[quote][p][bold]abdullah[/bold] wrote: Was it not the Asian Image who gave a raving article on this rude woman,singing her praises.Now we have the opposite,make youre mind up.I for one was quite taken aback in the article last month which was quite favourable in backing her campaign.Whats happened is this flawed heroine has shown her true ugly colour,why the shock and surprise,sooner or later this was going to manifest itself.I would urge all voters not to waste their votes on this self publicist who cares only about herself.[/p][/quote]I have met her she is an ill manared women not to be trusted. I was awoken this morning 9Sunday) by a loud hailer shouting vote bushra she is a curropt lawyer who has done nothing for us Imran786

2:37am Tue 27 Apr 10

wtloild says...

Ill-mannered or not, as a candidate she should be allowed to take part in the debate.
The Church of England shouldn't be able to decide who can and cannot fully take part in the election process.
I seem the remember the same happening last year with Craig Murray.
Ill-mannered or not, as a candidate she should be allowed to take part in the debate. The Church of England shouldn't be able to decide who can and cannot fully take part in the election process. I seem the remember the same happening last year with Craig Murray. wtloild

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