Baroness Warsi: instrument of policy or policy-maker?

Speaking in rather fraught Urdu at a public meeting in Pakistan: mai nay abhee apnee tareef kee hay, apnay mulk kee tareef kee hay – an obvious slip up “[I have just praised myself, praised my country"]. Baroness Warsi added that “a single woman can freely go anywhere even at night in Britain”, and that…

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…