With his secretary of state for communities under fire over his anti-extremism letter to Muslim leaders, David Cameron rushed to Eric Pickles’ aid with the following sound bite:
“Anyone, frankly, reading this letter who has a problem with it, I think really has a problem.
Anyone who has a problem with Pickles Imams letter "really has a problem", says Cameron https://t.co/GSMLZ25GPz
— Sean Clare (@Sean__Clare) January 19, 2015
He obviously missed the Today programme, then. Here’s former British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks:
“I’ll tell you what the problem is: that letter suggested that the Muslim community within Britain can contain its own radicals and the truth is that Islamism … is actually a global phenomenon transmitted by the internet, transmitted by social media.
“I am absolutely sure that the government was incredibly well intentioned … But I can kind of see [why] the Muslim community says ‘Why are you pointing the finger of blame at us?’