Education minister Michael Gove does not usually do this kind of stuff explicitly, so this is very unusual… and dangerous.
There’s some controversy over a proposal to build a mosque in Sandhurst, which wound end up being quite close to the military academy. This is Michael Gove’s constituency. Riazat Butt at the Guardian wrote up a summary of the controversy earlier.
In an interview with BBC London yesterday, Michael Gove says:
because of the way in which it would overlook the royal military academy, (the mosque) would also not be appropriate for all sorts of other reasons.
LabourList have picked this up and have the audio discussion. Mark Ferguson rightly asks:
Either Michael Gove should state why he considers a mosque to be a security concern, or he should state his “other reasons” clearly and openly. To do anything else is iresponsible for a politician with such a high profile.
Exactly. Time to come clean Mr Gove and explain yourself, or this is just plain dog-whistling. hat-tip @jamesmills1984
Video of the interview
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