I was very interested to read this typically candid piece (http://www.thejc.com/comment-and-debate/analysis/58043/clegg-what-you-see-what-you-get) by Jewish Chronicle Political Editor Martin Bright, about Nick Clegg's recent comments on how best to counter extremism (http://matthewfharris.blogspot.com/2011/11/nick-clegg-on-extremism.html?m=1).
Martin Bright writes: "It may come as a surprise...that...Nick Clegg has taken such a strong stance on...the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (Fosis). The decision by ministers to cancel a civil service recruitment fair organised by Fosis because the organisation had "failed to challenge sufficiently terrorist and extremist ideologies" was a bold one. Mr Clegg's comments to the Community Security Trust in Manchester last week were intended to illustrate his "muscular liberalism"...(It) is important that he has sent a signal that the government will not endorse or fund Fosis events...Mr Clegg has always argued for a policy of engagement with radical Islam but he and others within the party have been keen to dismiss the idea that the Liberal Democrats are anti-Israel. Exactly a year ago, he gave a speech to Lib Dem Friends of Israel which emphasised his party's support for a change in the law of universal jurisdiction."