The man who advised David Cameron on anti-terror policy is himself on a watchlist used by banks to blacklist potential customers, it was revealed today.
Maajid Nawaz, a former Lib Dem candidate and chair of the think tank Quilliam Foundation, was secretly given a “terrorism” designation on a confidential database run by banks. The list of people on the database was revealed by Vice News today.
The revelations will come as an embarassment to Cameron since Nawaz claims he had “helped with” the PM’s speech on extremism in Birmingham in July.
Authors of the list claim its used by 300 government and intelligence agencies around the world and 49 of the 50 biggest banks.
Nawaz was not a happy bunny today:
He also said this is why he hated people being put on lists:
Yes, lists are a terrible idea!
In 2010 the Guardian revealed that a secret list had been prepared for a top British security official that accused Muslim groups of sharing the ideology of terrorists.
Who was the author of that list?
Err, the chair of Qulliam, Maajid Nawaz. Oops.