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So it has finally been said. Angela Merkel has said it, David Cameron has said it, The Outsider has long been saying it. Multiculturalism has failed.

Say something critical of multiculturalism, as David Cameron has, and the reaction is predictable. The Guardian and Independent will pretend this is some government-led attempt to make Britain all-white. And some dim opposition MP (in this case Sadiq Khan) will use the opportunity to claim that the culprit (in this case the Prime Minister) is a dangerously subversive "propagandist" for the "far-Right".

So saying it isn't easy. But doing something about it is far harder. How do you actually put the policies into effect? How do you stop the multi-culti gravy-train?

In Munich, David Cameron said that we must stop the public funding of groups which are opposed to our most basic societal values. But I can't help wondering if he's aware of the depth of the problem. Because the funding of extremist groups isn't occasional in the system which this government inherited. It is instrumental. And dug in. Let me give just one example.

The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (Minab) was set up in 2006 under the last government. Since then, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has given £250,000 to a conglomeration of Muslim groups to "set standards and establish a system of self-regulation for mosques". All well and good, you might think. Those mosques could do with some regulation.

But — you guessed it — the groups who are among the founders of this new organisation are themselves part of the old problem. The Jamaat-linked Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and the Muslim Brotherhood organisation called the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) are two of Minab's four founders. But they wield a disproportionate amount of control over the organisation. Highly sectarian and Islamist organisations are paid by government to come up with ideas on how to improve British mosques. It can't be worse, can it?

Well, sadly, yes. Because Minab has other roles. Until last year it worked with the Charity Commission as part of its "Faith and Social Cohesion" unit (FSCU). This unit within the Charity Commission (also part-funded by DCLG) aimed to encourage mosques (including MCB and MAB mosques) to register as charities and to achieve better governance. What has clearly been escaping the Charity Commission is that Minab not only advised the "Faith and Social Cohesion" unit, it also constituted part of its target-group and evaluated its own activities. Which is a pretty neat tie-up.

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March 11th, 2011
12:03 AM
The only problem with this revelation on the road to Damascus is it comes 40 years too late!

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