Muslims and anti-racist campaigners united to condemn a speech by Tony Blair, which bashed immigrants. Critics said the Prime Minister had indulged in an “Enoch moment” by ordering immigrants to integrate or leave Britain.
Blair reserved his strongest attacks for Muslims; however leading Islamic academics hit back on the same day (last Friday 9th December) at a conference at London’s City Hall. The 200 delegates at the event “Islamophobic Hysteria: How Should Muslims Respond?” heard speakers express dismay at Blair’s speech.
See also Simon Woolley, “The real sleepwalkers”, Comment is Free, 12 December 2007