Earlier this week we reported on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn addressing a group organised by the Muslim Engagement and Development group (MEND), a group which has been accused of promoting and/or apologising for Islamist fundamentalism. Just a few days later another senior left-wing figure, who claims to represent a substantial proportion of Britain’s teachers, has done exactly the same.
Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) condemned the Government’s counterterrorism strategy at an event in Birmingham last night organised by MEND. In doing so he shared a platform with Tahir Alam, a former Birmingham school chair of governors accused of playing a key role in the so called ‘Trojan Horse’ plot to introduce religious fundamentalism into several of Birmingham’s state run schools (a 2014 inquiry described it as a ‘co-ordinated, deliberate and sustained’ campaign).
A recent report accused MEND of having ‘regularly hosted illiberal, intolerant and extremist Islamist speakers at public events’. Including those who have ‘promoted Jihad, homophobia and anti-Semitism’. It also noted that a senior figure within MEND had previously ‘legitimised the killing of British troops in Iraq’. When the events original venue was informed about MEND’s real nature they cancelled the booking – leading to a rescheduling. And yet Kevin Courtney STILL turned up.
So the man who claims to represent a significant number of Britain’s teachers would rather side with Islamist hard-liners than work with a Tory government against terrorism. Bearing in mind the extent of the current terror threat this is beyond shocking.