Fighting it out over Islamic extremism

For some time now, “every deed and utterance of a prominent Tory” has been viewed by journalists as being in some way connected to a leadership bid, says Janan Ganesh in the Financial Times. The “squabble” between Michael Gove, the education secretary, and Theresa May, the home secretary, over extremism in Birmingham schools is no exception.

Last week, The Times leaked criticism by Gove of the Home Office’s “alleged laxity on Islamism”. May responded with a letter “damning his own record” and this was followed by the resignation of her aide and an apology from Gove.

The theory goes that [...]

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