Extremism relies on despair and is defeated by hope

A YEAR ago, Thursday morning: something on the news about a power surge in the London Tube; I get some breakfast, and it looks to have been a series of bombings; by lunchtime, it was the al-Qaida network and the Muslim threat within.

...I'm really quite positive about the future because I trust that the Muslim community will adapt and develop as it needs to, and that the wider society will continue to operate on the basis of its shared values and aspirations. If I hear someone sounding a note of despair about current difficulties, I try to turn that around - because extremism relies on despair and is defeated by hope and the taste of reality. This country is a place of free interaction and discussion, and so long as we defend these freedoms, things will always get better.
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