Mohammad Shabbir, Councillor for Heaton Ward Bradford, tweeted Nick Clegg 5 hours ago to suggest (in a slightly passive-aggressive way) that he should ditch Maajid Nawaz.
Mohammad Shabbir @
@nick_clegg guess you are between a rock and a hard place. Ditching Majid isn’t the liberal way but his behaviour is deliberate provocation
so you could demonstrate that liberalism isn’t about deliberate insults but ‘consideration is civilisation’ as muslims say
Later a conversation ensued. Nawaz asked Shabbir if he could agree “to allow me my right to my own opinion on my own timeline?” Shabbir replied:
I don’t deny the right to any human being. But the question is why would anyone go out of their way to create potential upset
That is so entirely wrong. It’s a heckler’s veto, a rioter’s veto, a potential upset veto. Anything anyone says can “create potential upset.” That is a terrible standard for what we can say.
The whole thing is depressing to watch – people competing to live up to the worst stereotypes about them.