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February 06, 2011

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Nick L

Cynics might call the fall-out a scramble for the remaining scraps
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/feb/06/david-cameron-islamic-extremism-radicalism

I agree with Trevor Phillips though, a missed opportunity to separate the terror issue from that of integration. Not doing so institutionalises the idea, as you put it, that all British Muslims are liable to explode unless handled through appointed headmen.

chris y

Not doing so institutionalises the idea, as you put it, that all British Muslims are liable to explode unless handled through appointed headmen.

Not just British Muslims. They believe the same thing about Egyptian Muslims, Saudi Muslims, Jordanian Muslims, Afghan Muslims... There could almost be a pattern there.

ajay

Note that the only natural constituency for this policy is the headmen themselves.

Richard J

It occurs to me that a good way to explain the Muslim Brotherhood's passivity in the past few weeks seems to be this sort of explanation - 'loyal opposition' indeed...

Cian

It is starting to look as if the Muslim Brotherhood's popular support has been greatly overstated. Bluff called and all that.

CharlieMcMenamin

Cian - it's not over yet. I'm still a bit concerned that we're looking at 1848/1905 rather than the real thing. What else is the Egyptian establishment attempting to create space for with its' constant playing for time, and insisting Mubarak stays? (BTW, isn't it funny how dictators get sooo concerned about constitutional niceties at the point of potential departure?)

I suspect the MB might be thinking something similar.

Cian

We're obviously not looking at the real thing. I just think that the MB in some sense of part of the spectacle. We'll see.

Alex

I'm beginning to think we're into '89. Round table talks, insisting on the old man sticking around for a while, progressively giving up stuff until there's nothing left to give up. I mean, without the stuffed parliament and the emergency law and the censored press and the political prisoners and the funny constitution...what's left of the system?

After all, that stuff was all there for a reason. It's not like the Big Society. You have a 30 year state of emergency because of power, baby...power.

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