Sebastian Payne

Podcast: Reforming Islam, Ed Miliband on the rocks and teaching French

Can Islam ever be reformed and reclaimed from the fanatics? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Quilliam Foundation’s founder Maajid Nawaz argues it most certainly can. Discussing this week’s cover feature with Freddy Gray, Maajid questions why the British media thinks there is only one strain of thought in Islam. How does seeking out a singular ‘Muslim opinion’ lead to a spiral towards regressive conservatism? How can the vocal reformers make a difference when they are frequently outnumbered?

James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman also discuss whether Ed Miliband’s luck has run out. Labour’s lacklustre response to the budget appears to have put Miliband on the back foot, but will this harm his electoral chances in 2015? Like the Conservative Party, are Labour about to enter an internal and messy war over the future of the party?

Plus, Liam Mullone and Freddy Gray debate whether it’s now pointless to teach children French. Is there any entrepreneurial, business or cultural reasons to learn the language?

You can subscribe to the View from 22 through iTunes and have it delivered to your computer every week, or you can use the player below:

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The View from 22 podcast


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