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    Government re-establishes link with Muslim Council of Britain

    by Sunny on 16th January, 2010 at 11:05 am    

    I’ve been sent over this communication by a spokesperson for the Department for Communities and Local Government:

    The Muslim Council of Britain has made a commitment to Government to examine their internal processes and ensure that the personal actions of all members, including senior leaders, remain true to the organisation’s agreed policies, avoiding a repeat of the issues which arose after one member signed the Istanbul Declaration.

    The MCB has stated its categorical opposition to attacks on British defence interests and confirmed its unwavering support for British troops across the world. It has also made clear that it stands firmly against Anti-Semitism and other forms of racism.

    The significance of these actions on the part of the MCB has led to the Government lifting the suspension of its formal relationship with that organisation. The MCB will now contribute to ongoing dialogue with Government as one amongst a wide range of Muslim organisations.

    We will closely monitor how the internal processes progress over the coming months.

    As long as the MCB understands the rules of engagement, the government cannot conceivably ignore them forever. And as long as they speak to the MCB as part of a range of opinion and organisations, this is a fine stance to take in my opinion.

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    1. douglas clark — on 16th January, 2010 at 11:51 am  


      Are you sure about this? I would have thought, correct me if I am wrong, that the government could concievably have ignored them forever.

      Which, again correct me if I am wrong, was your view on the MCB?

      It is not at all clear why you have changed your mind.

    2. Rumbold — on 16th January, 2010 at 12:44 pm  

      As long as they are not seen to be representing anyone, but merely as another pressure/lobby group, that is okay. But will that really happen?

    3. Badmash — on 16th January, 2010 at 2:06 pm  

      They represent their members. Thats all. Just as the Board of Deputies represent Jewish organisations but not all British Jews, such as Jews for Justice for Palestine.

    4. Sajn — on 16th January, 2010 at 8:50 pm  

      The Board of Deputies does represent the majority of Jews in the UK and is generally regarded as the main representative group for British Jews whereas the MCB would like to be seen as the Muslim equivalent of the Board but are not and will never be the main representative body for British Muslims.

    5. Bluebird — on 17th January, 2010 at 5:14 am  

      Here is the DAILY HATE on the latest Balls-Up of Islamopandering:


    6. Bill Brown — on 17th January, 2010 at 3:12 pm  

      Here is what thse dreadful people at the ‘Spectator’ and their bigoted readers have to say:


      Well, they would, wouldn’t they?

    7. Sunny — on 17th January, 2010 at 5:08 pm  

      Funny how the Daily Mail portrays that as appeasement to Muslims, whereas it applies also to Christian schools - which are far bigger in number (and home schooling).

    8. bananabrain — on 18th January, 2010 at 9:59 am  

      well, we’ll see, won’t we, when holocaust memorial day comes up in a few weeks, what the mcb do this time. do they show or do they yet again choose to make a fuss about it?



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