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    ‘Communities adviser’ (i.e. spin doctor) post created

    by Rumbold
    16th October, 2008 at 10:54 am    

    Riazat Butt reports that the government announced that a new post of ‘Communities adviser’ is to be created. From the description below it seems that the main function of such a post is to explain to Muslims why the government is pushing so hard to throw them in jail for six weeks without charge:

    [The Communities Adviser should] develop an understanding of communities and how they are reacting in real time, providing feedback and contacts to enable OSCT [Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism] to ascertain true community reaction … [and ensure the] positive public perception of counter terrorism activities within our communities and ensure work is clearly and accurately explained to the community in a cogent and understandable format.

    Are the government just falling back on the tired old colonial prescription of dealing with minorities through ‘representatives’? Or is this something different? As Riazat puts it:

    Right now though the questions are: who should get the job, who will get the job and is such a post needed?

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    1. asquith — on 16th October, 2008 at 2:30 pm  

      I wonder if the women would be impressed by someone at parties introducing himself as a communities adviser :)

    2. persephone — on 16th October, 2008 at 2:51 pm  

      Reeks of not tackling the issue at source.

      Instead ensure those in the existing structure (& in positions of power) understand, can communicate & respond to community issues. They obviously do not think they can relate to the communities that are affected by their decisions. In most jobs that means either change mgnt/training or not being fit for their job if current business needs dictate.

    3. Golam Murtaza — on 16th October, 2008 at 3:58 pm  

      Oh hell, I’ll do the job! I only earn £17,000 a year at the moment and I bet it’ll pay a damn sight more than that!

    4. Sofia — on 16th October, 2008 at 4:05 pm  

      so is the first thing this advisor is going to do is advise the government that the advisor’s position is actually stirring animosity in the muslim ‘communities’.

      whose brainchild is this?

    5. Roger — on 16th October, 2008 at 4:45 pm  

      It sounds as though the adviser will have to begin by creating communities to advise about.

    6. Sid — on 16th October, 2008 at 5:27 pm  

      Roger, agreed. Or they would like to create a virtual super-community of a collection of communities grouped by religious affiliation. Because thats how New Labour and home secretary Jacqui Smith do things here. Everywhere else it’s called sectarianism.

    7. Boyo — on 16th October, 2008 at 6:07 pm  

      You’re spot on about the colonies - the Met Police moved from “consensus” to “colonial” policing after the Brixton/ Tottenham Riots.

      This is part of a drift across the board - it is no longer a consensus society but a colonial one, from CCTV to the lack of democratic accountability.

      I’m surprised it took “community advisors” for you Picklers to wake up to the fact…

      You see - the trouble is, we are all complicit… CCTV makes us feel safer, the EU is good for trade, right? Yet much is going on that is symptomatic of a society of (albeit pampered) serfs.

    8. Boyo — on 16th October, 2008 at 6:07 pm  

      Oh, and it’s not by design - it’s just evolved that way. Rather like the British Empire ;-)

    9. Don — on 16th October, 2008 at 7:12 pm  

      ‘Pampered serfs’: nice coinage.

    10. billericaydicky — on 17th October, 2008 at 10:50 am  

      I am afraid Rumbolt has hit the nail on the head. The word communities is mentioned but he picks out Muslims as being the target of this new initiative and I think he is right. After all, how many Sikhs, Hindus, Jews and Christians are blowing themselves and other people to bits.

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