Baroness Warsi: Labour's Young Muslim Advisory Group is patronising and divisive
Yet Labour’s creation of a group of young Muslims ‘to advise ministers on extremism and discrimination’ has indeed been condemned by Baroness Warsi, to whom The Daily Telegraph refers as ‘a leading Muslim peer’. The Young Muslim Advisory Group is made up equally of men and women, includes three Oxford University graduates, several medical students, a teenager who is currently studying for seven A-levels and a solicitor who is also Cub Scout leader.
She is herself the shadow minister for community cohesion, which is itself a little patronising. Is this all that ethnic minorities are expert in? Is it the limit of her capability to journey to Islamic lands to free schoolteachers who inadvertently call teddy bears Mohammed?
If, as she says, Muslims face the same issues as young people from other backgrounds, why is she not a shadow spokes
If ‘it is wrong to chose advisory groups purely on the basis of faith’, why is she content when the Conservative Party does this, but pours scorn upon Labour for pursuing the same policy?
Baroness Warsi refers to Labour’s advisory group as ‘another example of the Government engaging with the British Muslim communities on the basis purely of their faith’.
This is a curious complaint, since Muslims do indeed generally define themselves by their faith, and set themselves apart by faith. Does not the Conservative Party have its own Conservative Muslim Forum? Does not this group advise the party on 'Muslim issues', and this is not deemed to be ‘patronising’ or ‘deeply concerning’.
If she wishes to preach to Labour that ‘the Muslim community is not a homogenous block’, she might do better to start educating her own party with this undoubted truth.