This story has been put out by the Press Association:
Home Secretary Theresa May has said it is time the Government stopped talking to Muslims only about counter-terrorism. The Government should instead treat the Muslim community as a “mature and fundamental part of our society”, break down barriers and tackle discrimination, she said.
It must also aim to achieve “a better balance between public safety and civil liberties, something the last government got badly wrong”.
I agree that the last government got the balance wrong (though they were slowly correcting their mistakes), though this doesn’t say much in terms of specific policy shifts. In fact I believe the last communities minister said the same thing at one point.
I wonder, is this an attempt to say some nice things before some big (negative) announcement is made? I wouldn’t put it past them. Though perhaps I’m being too cynical.
If I were to hazard a guess, one of the main ways in which British Muslims are primarily seen through the prism of counter-terrorism is thanks to the right-wing press. Only a couple of days ago the Daily Express did a big front-page about ‘Muslim terrorists’ targeting the Pope. Of course it turned out to be rubbish, but the negative connotations are repeatedly hammered. Will the government do something about the corrections process at tabloids? Doubt it. In which case I’m not sure what this translates to…
Update: Turns out this was said at an EID reception organised by the Home Office. See the press release, pics and video here.
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