As many of you will know –
I have a Wikipedia page – yep I do! Quite a popular one as it turns out given
the trouble some individuals take to rehashing oft-repeated lies about me. I’m
just not sure which one of my greatest ‘fans’ dedicates their time to set this
up (someone needs to get a life) but let me make some corrections on the
content there as well some other comments that are regurgitated about me all
too frequently as if repeating them will give them the force of truth. I have made these clarifications
on numerous platforms and programmes but I realised that I still need to put
this down on paper, so to speak. So here goes: Wikipedia
Safety Forum – “Ali left the post of chairman in 2008, then resigned entirely
from MSF in 2009 after publicity over his extremist comments. In July 2010, he
was reinstated as MSF’s chairman.” My
term as Chair of the Muslim Safety Forum (MSF) ended in 2008. I never resigned
from the MSF, as minutes from the MSF meetings will prove, as w…
Since the announcement of Sara Khan, as the lead for the Commission for Countering Extremism (CCE), there have a been a few who have spearheaded the campaign against her and calling for her removal. Whilst many of the claims about her may well be right, calling for her replacement is the wrong thing to focus on. The issue is not Sara Khan, the issue is the Commission itself.
You will have noticed, that some of the most vocal of this call have yet to actually critique the CCE itself, and to be frank it smacks of 'my friend didn't get it so I'm upset.!
Please read below the outlines of why we must reject this Commission altogether.
A commission unlike others
This Commission for Countering Extremism (CCE) is unlike other commissions we have had in the past, that have traditionally had a remit to positively impact minority communities, such as the Commission for Racial Equality and the current Equality and Human Rights Commission. Those commissions were instituted through laws/…
So the government has finally published the job description for Sara Khan after employing her for a few months! It is quite interesting, see below my initial reactions to it in bold. And do recall my initial advice, don't get too hung up on the fact Sara Khan is leading it - the issue is the CCE as you can see from the Charter itself.
“Purpose Extremism has been identified by the government as one of the most significant and important challenges of our generation. While much has been done to tackle the harms caused to our society and communities, the Commission is being set up to help us all to do more.”
OK – so we know it’s about ‘extremism’ but again we have no idea what that is – this must be the best job in the world, can you imagine how the review meetings will go with Sara and her boss Amber Rudd?
“The Commission will support the government, the public sector, civil and wider society and families to identify and challenge all forms of extremism.”