May 30 2017 – The Henry Jackson Society – “Requiem for the American Dream”? What is it? Who set it up, and why? Who does it serve?



The BBC does one worse than Katie Hopkins, giving one man’s hate speech an entire platform [VIDEO]

The BBC could be in for a rude awakening as viewers watching its Sunday Politics show on 28 May were horrified that a guest could be calling for what they deemed the ethnic cleansing of Muslims, prompting some to complain.

The show hosted by Jo Coburn gave a platform to Douglas Murray, Associate Director of the Henry Jackson Society. He appeared alongside Sara Khan, the CEO of Inspire (a counter-extremism advocacy organisation in receipt of Prevent funding), to talk terrorism prevention. But many took exception to Murray’s views, which one commentator said advocated ethnic cleansing.

Did the BBC give a platform to an extremist, Douglas Murray, to advocate ethnic cleansing in Europe? 

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Did the BBC allow Douglas Murray to advocate ethnic cleansing of Muslims in Europe?

In a shocking video clip aired by the BBC Sunday Politics programme, Douglas Murray of the right-wing Henry Jackson Society says that terrorism in Europe is based on how much Islam there is in each…


The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has now submitted a formal complaint about the clip, which they say has breached editorial standards, allowing Murray to make a number of inaccurate, controversial, and untested assertions.

‘Less Islam leads to less terrorism’

Firstly, the MCB says that Murray claimed “Eastern Europe does not have a problem with Islamic terrorism because it does not have much Islam”. But they point out that Eastern Europe is actually the only part of Europe with Muslim-majority countries (like Bosnia, Kosovo, Albania and Azerbaijan). Murray then used this false statement to argue that “less Islam in general is obviously a good thing”.

BBC gives platform to Douglas Murray to spout his hatred: that we need less Islam to reduce terrorism . I hope he was challenged 


The facts do not back up Murray’s views. A restricted MI5 report from 2008 actually debunked the view that religion causes extremism. Its key findings were reported in The Guardian at the time, and stated:

Far from being religious zealots, a large number of those involved in terrorism do not practise their faith regularly. Many lack religious literacy and could actually be regarded as religious novices. Very few have been brought up in strongly religious households, and there is a higher than average proportion of converts. Some are involved in drug-taking, drinking alcohol and visiting prostitutes. MI5 says there is evidence that a well-established religious identity actually protects against violent radicalisation.

‘Muslims do not report terrorism to the police’

Murray also used a ‘statistic’ that two thirds of British Muslims would not report someone to the police if they knew they were involved in extremism.

But there have been several polls about the views of British Muslims that do not corroborate Murray’s sweeping claim. One poll, an ICM poll carried out on behalf of Channel 4 News around April 2016, did indeed find that 34% [p62] of Muslims said they would report someone they knew to be involved in extremism to the police. But then 46% and 37% respectively said they would intervene themselves or seek help from friends and family. A later poll conducted with the same company for Policy Exchange found 52% [p61] would report someone to the police. And an earlier ComRes poll for the BBC found that 94% [p26] of British Muslims would report someone to the police.

Douglas Murray is very good at sounding exceptionally reasonable while saying exceptionally awful things.


Unchallenged platform for someone with a hate agenda

Murray is notorious for his right-wing and anti-Islam rhetoric, which he has written about extensively for The Spectator. And he regularly appears on the BBC. His views are controversial, and he once called the religion of roughly 1.8 billion people a “virulent infection” and said the “whole deal under which Muslims live in our societies must change” in a 2006 speech in the Netherlands. He also said:

Conditions for Muslims in Europe must be made harder across the board: Europe must look like a less attractive proposition.

Murray is also from the Henry Jackson Society, a controversial far-right thinktank that has been accused of pushing an anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant agenda. In addition to his affiliations being skirted over, the MCB says that his views were left unchallenged.

Douglas Murray, a Sam Harris atheist extremist clone, reiterates his plea for Muslims to be purged from Europe.


Breach of guidelines

MCB Secretary General Harun Khan says:

Whilst it is of course important to allow freedom of expression for those from a variety of standpoints, inaccuracy is in clear breach of the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines.

Pointing to a number of editorial guidelines, the MCB claims the BBC breached guidelines on accuracy (3.4.11 and 3.4.12) by “misleading” the public, and also on impartiality ( by not signalling a controversial subject, not rigorously testing it, and assuming the commentator was unbiased.

The BBC‘s reputation for unbiased reporting is consistently left wanting. And if it insists on remaining an impartial and taxpayer funded entity, its editorial standards must be held more rigorously to account.

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Sophia Akram

Sophia Akram is a researcher and writer, covering human rights issues. Having worked across Government and various international NGOs, she specialises in conflict and migration and is passionate about equality and justice. Follow her on Twitter @mssophiaakram.

Richard W. Symonds ·

The UK-based Henry Jackson Society has a Founder Patron: PNAC’s Richard Perle who has an involvement with the former Office of Special Plans. Need I say more…other than to say I consider Perle to be a personification of evil…and I don’t say that lightly.
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Jimmy Sands ·

“the Henry Jackson Society, a controversial far-right thinktank”. It’s pro democracy. What’s “far right” about that?

Matt Brewster ·

Jimmy Sands from Portland Communications, you truly are an abhorrent individual. Everything I have ever seen you post is vile. No wonder you work at Portland Communications.
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Steve Moss ·

Works at Morgan Hunt
At no point in the interview did he instigate ethnic cleansing, this is absurd fake -“liberal” buzzfeed clickbait nonsense. Or just plain lying as it used to be called. Murray works with and supports the most progressive muslim voices on this issue and supported almost everything his fellow guest, Sara Khan said (a progressive Muslim who heads up another counter-extremism organization). The fact that groups like CAGE who are well known to be jihadi-excusors (Asim Qureshi famously calling Emwazi a “beautiful young man”) are against both Murray and Khan show the validity of their arguments put forward.
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Mike Carrington

Well said, I watched the programme too and totally agree with your comment.
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Mike Carrington

Well done The Canary, upto date reporting as ever….hang on isn’t it Tuesday?

Richard W. Symonds ·

The Henry Jackson Society needs investigating. What is it? Who set it up, and why? Who does it serve?
Same for Portland Communications.
The UK-based Henry Jackson Society – and its PR associate Portland Communications – may well become obsolete in the UK after June 8 – a “Requiem for the American Dream”, as Noam Chomsky puts it in his new book: “Requiem For The American Dream: The 10 Principles Of Concentration Of Wealth & Power”.
The ten principles are:
1. Reducing democracy
2. Shaping ideology
3. Redesigning the economy
4. Shift the burden on the poor and the middle classes
5. Attack the solidarity of the people
6. Let special interests run the regulators
7. Engineer election results
8. Use fear and power of the state to keep the rabble in line
9. Manufacture consent
10. Marginalize the population
“So, the neoliberal programs were basically taking off right around 1980. It escalated—started a little with the late Carter, escalated under Reagan, went on more under Clinton and so on. 2007 was the peak of supposed success. This is right before the crash. A lot of euphoria among economists, political analysts about the great achievements of neoclassical economics, of the great moderation, you know, the neoliberal programs, a dismantling of regulations—all these great successes, 2007. What was happening to American working people at that time? In 2007, wages, real wages, were lower than they had been in 1979 when the experiment took off. In fact, for the majority of the population, it’s a period of stagnation or decline. Benefits have declined”
Sound familiar?

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