As the English Defence League and British National Party tragically seek to exploit the hideous murder of Lee Rigby last week by congregating in many different locations across the country today, I am proud to have been one of the 33,000-plus people to have signed a Hope Not Hate organised open letter that was published in the Daily Mirror today.
Under the banner of “We Are the Many”, the letter states:
“The EDL and Islamic extremists are more similar to each other than to us. They share a violent, hate-fuelled desire for conflict and war, and we will not let either group tear our country apart.”
As it goes on:
“We know that the EDL does not speak for all Britain, just as we know that Muslim extremists do not speak for all Muslims. We, the British people, shun the EDL’s message of hate today because they do not speak for us. We are confident that HOPE will prevail.
It will prevail because they are the few, and we are – and always will be – the many.”
Makes me proud to be British…!!!
A revised version of my blog article, Theresa May and Coalition Government accused of ‘complacency’ over re-hashing failed New Labour policies has now been published on the MCB’s Soundings web-page as part of its PREVENT 2011: towards informed responses feature. You can view the revised version, Against Complacency, by clicking here.
As well as my own article, there will soon be responses to the Coalition Government’s review of the Prevent strategy posted from such commentators as Richard Jackson, David Tyrer, Shamim Miah, Alana Lentin, Derek McGhee, Fahid Qurashi, Yahya Birt, Yunis Alam, Katherine E. Brown and Laura Zahra McDonald amongst others. Already published is an article by my colleague Basia Spalek entitled, A Top Down Approach.
Following on from the blog post, I have given interviews to BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio WM and BBC1’s ‘Midlands Today’ programme. Just in case you are interested in seeing some more of this, you can do so by following the links below:
Live interview with Shelagh Fogarty & Phil Mackie broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live (about an hour in)
The Home Secretary, Theresa May, today pre-empted the publication of the revised Prevent strategy by criticising universities for their apparent “complacency” in tackling radicalisation and Islamic extremism on campus.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, May said:
“I think for too long there’s been complacency around universities. I don’t think they have been sufficiently willing to recognise what can be happening on their campuses and the radicalisation that can take place. I think there is more that universities can do”