'Clash of Civilisations' Conference

MQT on 2007-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2007
Question By: 
Richard Barnes
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The clash of civilisations thesis is much broader than just "the West" versus "the Islamic World". Did the Mayor choose to concentrate on this specific "clash" for any particular reason?


Answer for 'Clash of Civilisations' Conference

Answer for 'Clash of Civilisations' Conference

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The conference had a broad approach and the seminars encompassed a range of themes from multi-culturalism, the role of the media to enlightenment values. I do not share the view that there is an Islamic threat and this was a topic for debate at the conference. I am increasingly concerned at how Muslim communities in the UK are being vilified and marginalized by the media and sections of government. The overwhelmingly majority are opposed to terrorism of all forms and their co-operation is essential to identify and defeat terrorists and their supporters.