Ministers ‘failing to reach Muslims’

Official attempts by Whitehall departments to engage with the Muslim community following the 7/7 bombings are slated in a government-backed report published tomorrow, which says that conflicting messages are being sent out.

Bringing it Home, a report by the think tank Demos, which has been part funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government, claims:

“In the meeting rooms of Whitehall, ministers were assuring Muslim leaders of the need for partnership, but in press briefings they were talking of the need for Muslims to ‘get serious’ about terrorism, spy on their children and put up with inconveniences in the greater good of national security.”

Observer, 3 December 2006

The report (pdf) can be consulted here.