The BBC has given a platform to Labour’s Tristram Hunt and Yvette Cooper all week to trash Gove and his education policies…yesterday Hunt was on the BBC’s ‘prestigious’ Today programme and Cooper was on ‘Pienaar’s Politics’ this morning spinning the same message…..Gove has been derelict in his duty allowing Islamism to thrive in schools, he failed to take action when warned of the threat, and that his school’s policy actually makes things worse by preventing any action being taken to deal with such threats when they arise.
So why didn’t Gove and the Department of Education take action, or any serious measures, to stem the Islamist infiltration when warned in 2010?
You might have thought the massively resourced news organisation that is the BBC would have asked Gove that question, or even asked themselves that, I have yet to hear them do so, but it appears the BBC isn’t actually interested in the answer.
The Sunday Times is and seems to have come up with something that should alter the narrative somewhat.
In 2007 Tahir Alam, Mr ‘Trojan Horse’ himself, published with the MCB, an Islamist’s charter that was distributed to education authorities and schools across the country with the intent that they would implement policies that favoured Muslim pupils.
In 2008, just as Birmingham council were being warned of Islamist infitration of its schools, the Labour Government employed that very selfsame Islamist Tahir Alam as an advisor to their ‘Prevent’ anti-radicalisation programme who went on to ‘develop the right channels to visit Whitehall on a regualr basis…fashioning himself as a kind of spokesman on all things education that concerned Muslim communities…he was always in and out of the Home Office.’
A poacher staying a poacher.
The Times goes on ‘More than a year ago sources in the education department told the Sunday Times that the Home Office was encouraging Gove’s department to approve applications for free schools and academies run by Muslims to make it easier to monitor radicalisation or extremism….but Gove did not want his free school programme “hijacked” and wanted May to take a tougher line on terrorism in general.’
So let’s think about that…the Department of Education’s schools policy was ‘hijacked’ by the Home Office, from 2008, and schools allowed to be deliberately ‘radicalised’ so that the security services could monitor certain people more easily….a programme shaped in part by the very Islamist at the centre of the recent furore, Tahir Alam, put in place by a Labour government which began this policy of handing over schools to Islamist extremists….a man who was also an Oftsed inspector.
So shouldn’t Tristram Hunt et al also be asked some very difficult questions about Labour’s role in encouraging extemists to take over schools?
At least we have an idea why the DofE stood back, no thanks to the BBC…it was obeying orders from the Home Office…the same Home Office that ‘won’ the argument, once again, with Gove over the definition of ‘extremism’ and how to tackle it…proving that Gove was correct in saying it was the Home Office’s responsibility and that they had failed to deal effectively with extemism.
In other words Gove is really off the hook if this is all true….his only sin being the public complaints made by him about the Home Office in the Times this week…for which he has apologised.
The BBC is giving Yvette Cooper headline billing on its frontpage right now after her Pienaar interview as she demands May also apologises…as she should quite rightly…however the story is obviously somewhat different to that spun by Labour…they should also be under the spotlight from the BBC….so far they are not….and all we hear are the critics of Gove…the leftwing NUT’s Christine Blower being the sole commenter, other than Labour’s duo, about Gove this morning on the news bulletin that I heard..naturally damning him and his policies.
Perhaps the BBC’s frontpage tomorrow will be Gove demanding Hunt and Cooper apologise for years of appeasing Islamist extremists. Somehow you doubt it.
An update to this post after reading the Sunday Times magazine where the wonderfully diverse Baroness Warsi reveals ‘A Life in the Day’.
For what other reason than the stated one above might a government tread carefully with all things Islamic, barring the obvious threats of angry, alienated, disaffected youth?
Warsi, a minister from 2010, tells us that her first challenge was to make sure that Islamophobia, like anti-Semitism, was put on the government agenda. She says ‘I believe I have done that.’
Must be difficult for a government on the one hand to deal with er, what shall we call it…em…’cultural conservatism’, and on the other be promoting…er…what to call it…let’s say ‘cultural conservatism’…especially when you have a ‘culturally conservative’ minister in office…never mind Mr Trojan Horse guiding the security service’s strategy.