David Cameron is Inspired by My Speech (Allegedly)

On Sunday 18th October I asked a written question of the President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. He gave a written response, to which I replied from the floor in clarification:

My Question: How would it damage British Jewry to concentrate exclusively on working with Muslim groups and individuals who are not anti-Zionist – maybe Ahmadiyya, Sufis and Ismailis, – together with (say) DCLG, Eric Pickles and Quilliam, to encourage a peaceful, integrated, British kind of Islam to empower neutral, tolerant Muslims?

Answer from the President: The Board has a policy of co-operating with a variety of Muslim groups both to foster good relations between the communities and to work on issues of mutual interest – for example shechitah and brit milah. While we may not agree on all matters, it is far better to engage the Muslim communities rather than refuse to talk to anyone who does not agree with all of our views on Israel.

My response from the floor: Mr President, when I said we should work exclusively with Muslim groups and individuals who are not anti-Zionist, I wasn’t suggesting we reject approaches from such groups.
No, what I meant was that we shouldn’t be forever running after self-styled Muslim ‘community leaders’ in the name of inter-faith.
A century ago Colonel Albert Goldsmid, founder of our wonderful Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade, enjoined our immigrant forefathers to “iron out the ghetto bend”. No more should we be ‘trembling Israelites’.
We should have the confidence to know that, as fully integrated, contributing citizens of this country, our Brit Milah is first class surgery and our Shechita minimizes animal suffering. We can help our Muslim fellow-citizens improve their practices if they ask us: but under no circumstances should we ‘check the privilege’ so hard-won by our forebears.
There are nearly 3 million Muslims in Britain: don’t tell me that there aren’t a few tens, even hundreds of thousands who are happy to live & let live, and are only stopped from expressing themselves by fear of opposition or worse from the majority leaders.
I see no reason we can’t unapologetically cultivate those minority groups and voices within the ummah that are neutral or tolerant towards Israel.

I think David Cameron must have heard me. This piece by him appeared in ‘The Times’ the following day:

Times Articles Inspired by My BoD Speech (2)

If there is any doubt, here is the text of an e-mail I wrote to a number of my right-thinking fellow Deputies on 4th October, which I later condensed into my question:

Dear Friends,

I thought I’d just fly a kite in the run-up to the next BoD meeting.

Have any of you, like me, been frustrated and irritated by our communal leadership’s predilection for endlessly running after Muslim ‘community leaders’ in this country in the name of inter-faith?

It seems that the more they condemn Israel and become entrenched in their opposition to it as a Jewish state, the more our leaders tie themselves in knots and bend over backwards to try to appease them.

They emphasise our shared commitment to ritual male circumcision and religious slaughter, as if that somehow outweighs the standard Muslim narrative of ‘Death to Israel’.

How about a different approach?

Instead of making up to the MCB and the self-styled mainstream majority spokesmen for British Muslims, why don’t we cultivate those minority groups and voices within the ummah that are neutral or tolerant towards Israel?

There are nearly 3 million Muslims in Britain: don’t tell me that there aren’t a few tens, even hundreds of thousands who are happy to live & let live, and are only stopped from expressing themselves by fear of opposition or worse from the majority leaders.

How difficult would it be for us to work with (say) DCLG, Eric Pickles and the Quilliam Foundation to empower these neutral voices at the expense of the Islamists?

I’m thinking in terms of Ahmadiyya, Sufis and Ismailis; many of you will know others.

Or am I on to a total loser here?

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UK General Election – Rejoice!

There is so much to be grateful for in the results of this General Election:

  • We have a majority government which can make decisions and carry them through
  • Nobody can say that politics is boring. A two-thirds turn-out provides a legitimate mandate, but the one-third who didn’t bother can see by the stats how they could have really made a difference. But they just couldn’t be arsed.
  • George Galloway and David Ward have been chucked out. A heartfelt thank-you to the decent citizens of Bradford, and good riddance to two loathsome, bigoted oxygen thieves.
  • Only 1,667 people voted BNP. As against  3,898 who voted Monster Raving Loony. The BNP vote is down to less than 4% of their peak.
  • Labour’s executive wanted to get away from Blairite centrism and return to Socialist Kinnock/Foot ideological purity. We’ve just seen how that worked out.
  • I don’t like the LibDems because they’re the most anti-Israel of the main parties. The British people seem to have massacred them because they’re hypocrites. I’m slightly stunned, but in a good way…
  • Portsmouth is re-united under the Conservative colours. In fact, with the exception of Southampton Test, Exeter, Brighton and Hove, the whole of the ancient Kingdoms of Cornwall, Wessex, and Kent are unbroken Conservative dominions.
  • Scotland may not yet have arisen as a nation, but as in the 18th century it is leading a revival of passionate, heartfelt politics comparable with post-apartheid South Africa. This really puts the pressure on David Cameron to achieve his goal of reforming the EU to conform with Churchill’s vision. Otherwise England will vote to get out of it in 2017 – and then Scotland will vote to get out of UK and back into EU.
  • Still in Scotland , we have the first MP (Mhairi Black) aged under 21. Ever. Well, since the 17th century when a grandee could have made his cat an MP if he’d wanted.
  • And the number of female MPs has increased by one-third to 191. We may yet hear the death-knell of the testosterone-fuelled bearpit that is PMQ.

As a great person once said: “Rejoice!”