BY ALEXANDER MELEAGROU-HITCHENS
In today’s Prime Minister’s Questions, David Cameron used evidence from the Centre For Social Cohesion’s report, Hizb ut-Tahrir: Ideology and Strategy, to grill Gordon Brown over £113,000 in Government grants received by Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT) backed Islamic Shaksiya Foundation (ISF).
The report, authored by my colleagues Houriya Ahmed and Hannah Stuart, details how at the time that the ISF received a government grant, its board included two members of HT: Yusra Hamilton and Farah Ahmed. Farah Ahmed also authored the school’s Islamist curriculum which taught children as young as 7 that man-made law was inferior to the Sharia while 10 year olds are instructed on the importance of re-establishing the Caliphate.
During PMQs, Cameron told the Prime Minister that the ISF had received government funds under the Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) Pathfinder Fund. Here, he has got a small detail wrong, which Schools Secretary Ed Balls has used to divert attention away from a very embarrassing revelation. Although the ISF did receive government funding under Labour, it was not derived from from the PVE fund. This small detail has been pounced on by Labour to blur a simple and unavoidable fact: the government has provided funds to a school which is indoctrinating young children in the fascist ideology of a subversive Islamist group. This fact has righly been taken up by Cameron and Shadow Schools Secretary Michael Gove, and they should not let the government off the hook just because of a small detail.