Ahl us Sunnah was Jama’ah is what one might call a ‘fringe group’, made up of former members of Al Muhajiroun, which was banned in 2005 after allegations of links to terror groups. Several members have since been jailed.
For a fringe organisation, they do have a handy knack of gaining attention. Britain’s two biggest newspapers, the Daily Mail and the Sun, led this morning with reports of their protest against the homecoming parade of the Royal Anglian Regiment after a tour of duty in Basra, Iraq.
The protest has sparked some debate about the ‘limits of free expression’. This isn’t a bad thing, and an encouraging part of the Radio 5 Live phone-in I took part in this morning was that most callers were very clear on the distinction between things we don’t like and things that should be banned.
Shame the Prime Minister wasn’t listening. He assured MPs at Prime Minister’s Questions today that military parades would not be disrupted in future. Can he really guarantee this without infringing on our right to protest and free expression?