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Further education minister Bill Rammell whips up 'terror' fears

Issue No. 2088

New Labour further education minister Bill Rammell is stirring up Islamophobia with claims this week that colleges are under 'serious' threat of terrorism.

He launched a 'consultation' to guide FE colleges on how to 'promote shared values and prevent violent extremism'.

The 'guidance' has already suggested higher education institutions with large numbers of Muslim students should reject demands for separate prayer and washing facilities and that colleges should be more active in banning speakers in colleges.

In the past Rammell came out in support of Imperial College's attempt to ban women wearing niqabs. His department has previously called on lecturers to spy on 'Asian looking' students.

According to Rob Owen, candidate for NUS vice president higher education, 'I had the 'pleasure' of meeting Rammell to discuss the last report on extremism on campus. The new one offers the same sort of reactionary rubbish.

'The government is unable to defend its policy in the Middle East, so it resorts to demonising those that might oppose them.

'Tackling the isolation of Muslims on our campuses can only be done by involving Muslims alongside others in progressive campaigns against war and racism.'

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Tue 12 Feb 2008, 19:06 GMT
Issue No. 2088
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