Mr Mayor, I was coming in after Len Duvall's question about with whom you were going to communicate, and John Biggs has actually just communicated to you what, in fact, I was going to say. I had the fortunate occasion on Saturday of being with the Wimbledon branch of the British Muslims' Association. I am invited regularly to their seminars, and this was one that had been organised two months previously.
I have to say that I met with these good people who were absolutely astonished, astounded, and very grieving over what had happened. What they were saying was they needed help to understand their young people, because they agreed amongst themselves that there had been a disconnection between their elders and their young people. They talked about, perhaps, the necessity of having Muslim faith schools, as there are Anglican, Catholic, and Jewish faith schools. There are only five Muslim faith schools, and a primary one happens to have just opened in Wandsworth.
It was a wide discussion, but what I was going to ask you is to look a bit further than some of the representatives of the Muslim community with whom you have been talking. These people do want to connect. They talked about being mainstream, and they have put down roots and foundations. They were very, very upset that perhaps this action means that these roots and foundations in our country and in London would be torn up, which of course, is not so. They have to be convinced that if we stay together and do not divide, we are a strong community here in London.
Therefore, I would advise you to look a bit further than the people whom you sometimes talk to who say they are representatives of the Muslim community. These are ordinary, simple, hardworking, religious people, and Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance. It is being misinterpreted to some of their young people, and they are very concerned about this, so I would ask you to look a bit wider than the people with whom you having been talking, and perhaps to have a much bigger discussion than you have had hitherto. I was not with half a dozen people; I was with a huge hall full of people, and they all felt the same.