Big Society needs Small Brother

The more Salaam Blogger hears of the Big Society idea, the more he feels like exclaiming ‘The Emperor has no clothes’. If you read the small print the Big Society is basically about the minimisation of the Government’s public sector spending. And who gets hit worst by this? Those sections of the population that are…

Tory high-handedness towards Muslims

When the MCB convenes its ‘Muslim Leadership Dinner’ on 22nd February there will be Jack Straw MP taking the lectern representing Labour, and later in the proceedings, so will the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg MP. Noticeably missing from the stage will be any senior representative from the Tory front bench. An oversight…

Board of Deputies oversteps

The front page of the Jewish Chronicle (22 January  2010) has as its headline ‘Muslim Council deal row’. The article by Martin Bright cites a ‘strongly worded’ letter from the Board of Deputies of British Jews to the Communities Secretary John Denham. If accurate, it marks an unprecedented intrusion to shatter good interfaith relations. According…

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…

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Fancy That! Mr Bright – we are all ‘bad’ Muslims

Martin Bright in ‘When Progressives Treat with Reactionaries –  the British State’s flirtation with radical Islamism‘  laments the dominance of ‘political Islamism’ that has ‘crowded out’ the ‘liberal voices’. He is much exercised by ‘political Islamism’ and its attachment to the Shariah, seeing ‘signs of hope’ in ‘the Sufi majority, which has traditionally avoided politics’.…