I am a strong believer in the need for sincere and serious introspection. It’s my calling card. But tonight’s broadcast claiming to tell us what Muslims really think was absolutely atrocious.
It will not help anyone actually concerned about very real issues in our communities. If anything, it will make those conversations harder still.
Here was a piece of political commentary — a Party Political Broadcast almost — which wheeled out all of the usual suspects beloved by documentary makers everywhere, to problematise one diverse community in order to set in motion further mutual distrust.
It was an entirely depressing narrative, devoid of all nuance — not to mention credibility. It’s Us and Them, once again. We don’t build bridges; we burn them.