Tories on right line

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment&analysis -

Over the past three weeks, we have in­ter­viewed se­nior fig­ures in the main par­ties about their at­ti­tude to­wards com­mu­nity co­he­sion and the threat posed by ex­trem­ism. This week, the man who next year will most likely be Home Sec­re­tary, Chris Grayling, sets out what will be, if he is true to his word, a rad­i­cal change in ap­proach. In­stead of the cur­rent multi-cul­tur­al­ism, whereby gov­ern­ment money is handed over to or­gan­i­sa­tions which rep­re­sent — or claim to — spe­cific faiths, fund­ing will go in­stead to groups “that break down the di­vides rather than ac­cen­tu­ate them”. The sen­ti­ments un­der­ly­ing this are clearly cor­rect, but it is im­por­tant that this does not be­come a blan­ket ban on fund­ing for all re­li­gious groups. It ought not to be be­yond the wit of gov­ern­ment to de­cide which are wor­thy of sup­port, al­though the cur­rent gov­ern­ment has got it quite wrong in mak­ing such judg­ments. Some of its ac­tions have ac­tu­ally pro­moted Mus­lim ex­trem­ism, as re­cent dis­clo­sures over the abuse of the sup­pos­edly anti-ex­trem­ist Pre­vent fund­ing have shown. Mr Grayling prom­ises an im­me­di­ate re­view on tak­ing of­fice. This is bold talk and very nec­es­sary. It is crit­i­cal that, in this of all ar­eas, the other par­ties catch up with the Con­ser­va­tives.

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