Hazel Blears

Political Engagement is not for You!

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….. May 2012 “An analysis of…

Hazel Blears must go

The Department for Communities & Local Government (CLG) “sets policy on local government, housing, urban regeneration, planning and fire and rescue. We have responsibility for all race equality and community cohesion….”. However the recent actions of its minister, Hazel Blears MP, suggest that the word ‘cohesion’ should be replaced with ‘disempowerment’. Since around 22nd March,…

What it takes to be a ‘moderate Muslim’

The term ‘moderate Muslim‘ is a much loved one in policy circles. It was brought into prominence in RAND reports such as ‘Building Moderate Muslim Networks’… but what is this litmus test? Thanks to the think tanks, the odd MEP and others we now have a good empirical base! Firstly, ‘Moderates’ are those who do…