It has been ten years since the ripples which reverberated through London changed the world for Britain’s inhabitants. The status quo majority underwent a subtle, but continuous and consistent shift of views under the guiding hand of the neocons elite and a deluge of think-tanks which were established to ensure this. This included moving the public scrutiny away from government actions – domestic and foreign – towards ideology, and specifically, Islam and Muslims. A relentless barrage of negative reporting ensured that Muslims were carved out as the “suspect community” possessing all the hallmarks of a barbaric nation, whilst Western war crimes and excesses were dressed and therefore legitimised in the garb of “national security”. Freedoms were also protected on this basis through suspensions of civil liberties.
The Trojan Hoax fiasco had a number of parties involved to pull it off. Some were merely pawns in the “Great Game”, whilst others were the ones moving the chess pieces. The sledgehammer which the neocon, anti-Islam Michael Gove smashed onto the Muslim minority of Birmingham was casted some years ago by the infamous and much discredited Quilliam Foundation. In a leaked 2010 memo addressed to Charles Farr of the OSCT, and signed off by Ed Husain and Maajid Nawaz, Quilliam outlined its plan in “dealing” with the terror threat. The contents despite it being made public, has been remarkable in its implementation and achieving the resultant targeted discrimination the Muslim minority now faces.
In the context of the education of the sphere,
“With the appointment of Michael Gove MP, who has previously spoken out on topics related to the Prevent agenda and has shown a good understanding of the issues relating to it, to the position of Secretary of State for Education, it looks as though Prevent at DfE will continue to develop and focus on the vital counter-ideological work necessary to prevent terrorism.”
Of course, in November 2009, this “good understanding” presumably referred to an embarrassing series of blunders, when Gove helped David Cameron set up a question to the Prime Minister on “Islamic extremism”, making false claims regarding funding and inspection of Islamic schools.
Contrary to Ian Kershaw’s (methodologically flawed) report, in the report leaking the DfE investigation into the Birmingham schools, Clarke states,
“The tactics that have been used are too similar, the individuals concerned are too closely linked and the behaviour of a few parents and governors too orchestrated for there not to be a degree of coordination behind what has happened.”
Interestingly, the above statement is another way of saying “we actually do not have clear, explicit evidence of takeover plot”. Despite this, I agree with Clarke’s statement – when it is applied to his little clique. Let’s apply this deduction to what happened in the government organs.
Michael Gove founded the neoconservative think-tank Policy Exchange in 2002, notorious for fabricating receipts in order to prove “extremist” material was being sold in masaajid. The report was authored by anti-Muslim Denis MacEoin who has been on record to state that he has very “negative feelings” about Islam.
Peter Clarke as early as 2008 was a member of the Advisory Council for Policy Exchange.
In 2008, at Quilliam’s launch, Michael Gove was listed as an advisor in their efforts to counter the “Islamist-Wahhabite” threat. In 2010 Gove was still listed as an advisor before the list was removed from the site for the sake of “privacy”.