“The British State does not have the courage to face down the advocates of political Islam”, Tory MP Michael Gove tells us in an extract from his forthcoming book Celcius 7/7.
Gove is appalled by the fact that the Home Office is prepared to consult the MCB, the most representative Muslim organisation in the UK, along with people like “Professor Tariq Ramadan, grandson of Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. Professor Ramadan is not, of course, obliged to follow in the footsteps of his forebears. But he gives it a good try. Professor Ramadan has been characterised as a moderate because he has said that he ‘agrees with integration’ of Muslims in the West. But he has also insisted that ‘we [Muslims] are the ones who are going to decide the content’. Bernard Kouchner, the French Socialist and former health minister, has described Ramadan as ‘absolutely a kook with no historical memory’ and ‘a dangerous man’.”
Gove complains: “A rising generation has been encouraged by those Muslims most prominent in public life to put their Islamic identity ahead of their British citizenship. That generation will have heard the Muslims most fêted by government pay tribute to terrorist leaders and fundamentalist ideologues as figures worthy of respect. That generation will also have had its sense of grievance nurtured even as its sense of separateness has been reinforced. For Islamists and their allies, it has been a golden prospect.”
For Osama Saeed’s comments see Rolled Up Trousers, 26 June 2006