Conservatives should be careful not to assume that all Hindus are Thatcherites in waiting. Some regard standing up to Modi, and keeping his anti-Muslim politics out of Britain, as much more important.
What is less recognised is the way in which David Cameron’s Government decided, not without risk to the Conservatives’ electoral prospects in some key marginals, to withhold patronage and money from some Muslim organisations that, fitfully, had gained both under Labour.
For all the Government’s faults and Johnson’s flaws, it’s untrue that Conservative Ministers make no difference – as the sacking of Qari Asim demonstrates.
It at least gives hope that, after the chaos and corruption of the last decade, some limited change and political accountability might at last be possible.
One of my seasonal wishes is for the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) to include people from such religious minority groups.
So far, the UK is emerging as a potential leader on the international stage – a stark contrast to Britain’s policy of the 1990s.
The country’s Prime Minister is a classic cakeist – berating the EU on the one hand, but not seeking to leave on the other.
The Government can help to ensure that one of the faith’s leading authorities publicly stresses the rights of religious minorities and women.
Galloway is furthering a dangerous communalism – by dragging conflicts overseas towards the centre of domestic political discourse.
This old-style socialist turns out to be much more of a small-c conservative than his many critics are willing to admit.
Perhaps the answer is bound up with China – and our inability to focus on more than a single problem at once.
The US and UK, along with other countries in Europe, are fighting to ensure that no one is persecuted for their religious beliefs.
We could give in to the leftist, isolationist Little England vision of a reclusive UK. Alternatively, we could make Global Britain a reality.
Ministers believe that the present legal framework isn’t fit for purpose if prosecutions of returning terrorists are to be successful.
Narrow victories and a poor response to the Covid-19 crisis almost certainly indicate it’s time for Turkey’s leader to bow out.