|Prof Nigel Copsey|
It’s good to see Professor Nigel Copsey, of Teeside University, writing the following:
I think at most one of these ‘think tanks’ (e.g. the Extremis Project) does deign to investigate Islamist or Muslim extremism (though not Leftist extremism); but it too do so only in conjunction with far more investigations into ‘far-right extremism’. In any case, the amount it spends on Islamist extremism in minimal in relation to how much time, and space, it spends on what it calls the ‘far right’. This leads me to conclude that the addition of Islamist groups is often or always tokenistic; just as when Hope Not Hate, or Nick Lowles, included Anjem Choudary and Muslims Against Crusades/Al-Muhajiroun in its list of ‘extremists’(yet not a single other extreme Islamist group or individual). Hope Not Hate only did so after this Communist-run organisation had existed for many years and around six or more years after the London bombing, as well as at least twenty years after Islamist and Muslim extremism had become a big problem here in the UK. In other words, both Hope Not Hate, and that single ‘investigative project into extremism’, include a single Islamic extremist group precisely to counteract – or anticipate - any accusations of bias against, or overemphasis on, the ‘far right’.