One would have thought that Muslim participation in electoral politics would be welcomed as a sign of engagement and interest in the national conversation. However some would prefer Muslims to remain docile; the ‘best Muslims’ are those who stay out of politics…see former Labour Cabinet Minister Hazel Blears’s statement below…..
“An analysis of the voting patterns that barrelled François Hollande to victory on May 6 as the first Socialist president of France since 1995 shows that this overthrow was due in large measure to Muslims, who voted for him in overwhelming numbers. The French vote marks the first time that Muslims have determined the outcome of a presidential election in a major western European country; it is a preview of things to come…In foreign policy making, Socialists and Muslims share a mutual disdain for the United States and Israel…”
“… The fact remains that most British Muslims, like the wider community, are not politically active, do not sit on committees, and do not attend seminars and meetings. They are working hard, bringing up families, planning their holidays, and going about their business. So we need an engagement strategy which gets past the gate-keepers and connects with the business leader, bus driver, shop keeper, stay-at-home Mum, or student…” Hazel Blears at a Policy Exchange seminar