12 October, 2006

Ruth Kelly takes on Islamic extremism.

Following her remarkable attack on multiculturalism, Ruth Kelly, the Communities Secretary has announced that her department will no longer fund groups which support Islamic extremism. First in line to feel the financial pinch is the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB). As the Times puts it, the MCB is to lose funding

...for boycotting Holocaust Memorial Day, criticising police anti-terrorist operations and “sitting on the sidelines” in the campaign against extremists.
It is a start but, although Mrs Kelly's decision is a welcome move , it remains to be seen if it will have any practical effect. Moreover, I think it only fair to point out that MCB's views are not dissimilar to those held by many left wing Labour Party members. Are they going to have their funding cut off as well? And what about the Mayor of London?

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