John Hayes, the prime minister’s latest tribune, achieved some fame or infamy, depending on your view, when he wrote the following article for the Spectator on 6 August 2005, a month after the 7/7 bombings. I wonder if he still holds these views, and, if he does, whether the prime minister agrees with him?
Muslims are right about Britain
Many moderate Muslims believe that much of Britain is decadent. They
are right. Mr Blair says that the fanatics who want to blow us up
despise us, but he won’t admit that their decent co-religionists who are
the best hope of undermining the extremists at source — despair of us.
They despair of the moral decline and the ugly brutishness that
characterise much of urban Britain. They despair of the metropolitan mix
of gay rights and lager louts. And they despair of the liberal
establishment’s unwillingness to face the facts and fight the battle for
manners and morals.