‘Young Muslim advisors’ to ministers


by Sunny
30th August, 2008 at 3:58 am    

The government has put together a panel of around twenty young Muslims, to advise three Cabinet ministers in an “attempt by the Government to tackle Islamic extremism”. The Evening Standard has more. Steve is not impressed and thinks its ‘community leaders’ syndrome again.

I don’t agree. I think there is some merit in the government trying to find out what young Muslims are thinking on the subject, on an ongoing business. The ministers are free to reject that advise of course, but isn’t it better they’re listening? Its sure better than listening to the MCB.


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  1. Shamit — on 30th August, 2008 at 9:42 am  

    Sunny spot on.

    I think the key questions are who are these young advisors and how are they being chosen? Do these people truly represent the views of the muslim youth –

  2. Rumbold — on 30th August, 2008 at 10:13 am  

    As long as they are not accorded ‘voice of the community’ status it is fine.

  3. squanderer — on 30th August, 2008 at 3:37 pm  

    How about getting the foreign secretary and FO -Miliband -involved in the Triumvirate of Government departments? After all, extremism per se cannot be conditioned overnight, but due to this government denying any link between foreign policy and extremism, the government is shooting itself in the foot by failing to honestly address this and why young people (of all faiths) feel this government does not listen.

    I welcome this group of young Muslim advisors, but it’s important that this group does not become a new set of gatekeepers, but one of many groups the government consults with.

  4. Cabalamat — on 30th August, 2008 at 4:17 pm  

    When are ministers going to be given young atheist advisors? I would have thought that this would be a better policy than Muslim advisors, because:

    1. Britain has more atheists than Muslims.

    2. atheists tend to be more rational than believers in the supernatural, therefore atheist advisors will help ministers to think rationally.

    3. atheists tend to be more intelligent than theists, and contribute to our nation’s wealth more than in proportion with their numbers. Many of our top scientists are atheists.

    4. In the long term the best way to discourage religious extremism is to encourage everyone to become atheists.

    On he “young” bit: didn’t the government pass a law recently banning age discrimination? Although I suppose our lords and masters don’t have to obey the laws they force on everyone else. So for example MPs can still smoke in bars in the palace of Westminster.

  5. Sunny — on 30th August, 2008 at 11:05 pm  

    When are ministers going to be given young atheist advisors?

    Yeah, but this is specifically about counter-terrorism. In other cases I’m sure the MPs listen to a variety of views.

  6. Andrew — on 31st August, 2008 at 6:20 am  

    Knowing this government, these young men and women will be carefully selected ‘yes people’!

  7. ashik — on 1st September, 2008 at 12:07 pm  

    Some Muslim youth in the UK see themselves as powerless and marginalised. By targeting youth in the 16-25 age group the government is giving these people an insight into decisionmaking processes in the UK. That’s not such a bad thing. Although I share concerns that overt ‘special treatment’ of Muslims will alienate others, projects like this may help entrench positive ideas for the future.

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