David T has documented on this blog over the years, the battle within government against the Muslim Brotherhood. There was a time when it appeared that such groups were firmly on the outside. Now, as part of a general pandering to religious types, it appears they are being rehabilitated. Nick Cohen:
As the week wore on, it became clear what type of “faith communities” Labour wanted to put at the centre of its “progressive society”. Denham is forcing out of his department Azhar Ali, an adviser from the heart of the Labour movement (he was once the Labour leader of Pendle council). Ali’s crime was that he opposed Islamism while advising Tony Blair, Ruth Kelly and Hazel Blears.
That brief moment of principled politics is over. There’s talk of the government giving the MCB’s Sir Iqbal “death perhaps is a bit too easy for Salman Rushdie” Sacranie a peerage. Meanwhile, ministers are about to cut financial support for Sufi Muslims who, like the majority of Britain’s Muslims, Sunni or Shia, are not represented by the MCB.
The fix is in and Islamists are all over Whitehall again. Denham is entertaining Inayat Bunglawala of the MCB, who gave a taste of the “progressive” policies Labour is encouraging when he wrote an article defending Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, and a preacher who recommends wife-beating, genital mutilation of girls and the murder of apostates and homosexuals.