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16 Oct, 13 tweets, 5 min read
*Thread* If there is someone who should have no influence in education, it is Kevin Courtney.

Unfortunately, he is the joint general secretary of the National Education Union.

Just one episode from the "Trojan Horse" schools scandal illustrates the story. 1/13
In 2015, a government enquiry found "sustained action carried out by a number of associated individuals to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamist ethos into a few schools in Birmingham". 2/13
Tahir Alam, a man at the heart of the story, was banned from any involvement in schools at the time.

"Inappropriate interference", "extremist speakers", "promotiong intolerance", "unacceptable teaching materials", "financial mismanagement"... 3/13
Alam appealed, only to lose.

He went on to join the recent homophobic campaigning against equality teaching in Birmingham schools. What a guy! 4/13
Two years *after* he was banned from education, who took Alam's side? Kevin Courtney, at meeting organised by the Islamist agitation group Mend. 5/13
Birmingam council, a Labour stronghold, was not impressed, to say the least. It said it was “concerned to ensure that there are no misleading messages given about what really happened during Trojan Horse” and that it wanted “to make it clear that the city council... 6/13
...in no way endorses the planned event”. The council then recounted key disturbing findings from the enquiries and
added that it “recognises the need to guard against any repeat of the practices and behaviours of Trojan
Horse”. 7/13
Was Courtney dissuaded? Of course not. Faced with serious and documented wrongdoing, plus the council's displeasure, he went to the meeting. He claimed rooting the problems out was a mistake, while railing about government extremism policies. 8/13
Here he is at the meeting, right next to Alam. On the left is the notorious Birmingham Islamist activist Salma Yaqoob. Her words, keenly reported by "Socialist Worker", capture the spirit of this nasty event: “just being here is an act of resistance". 9/13
A motion was then passed saying “the affair has been used to silence Muslim voices” and calling for an investigation of an “abuse of power”. Textbook Islamism: lie, infuriate, divide. 10/13
Courtney carried on in 2018, complaining about "the mainstream media" in the Trojan Horse context at another Mend meeting. 11/13
There is a pattern here, by the way. One example for now - last year Courtney teamed up with the terrorist support group Cage, Mend, the crazed antisemite David Miller, and Weyman Bennett of "Stand Up To Racism". 12/13
You will not be in the least surprised to learn that the SWP front "Stand Up To Racism" wants to hear from Courtney this weekend at a stunningly awful far-left assembly. Salma Yaqoob will be there too. Five Labour MPs will join them. 13/13

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