How the body set up to stop Muslims turning to extremism is wasting millions on gimmicks like rap workshops while ignoring real problems for fear of being ‘racist’

Just one more Rap music workshop could have saved this misguided Muslim terrorist from death.

Every few months, back in the days of the last Labour government, a group of hand-picked young Muslims would meet members of the Cabinet in Whitehall.

Usually it was Hazel Blears, then the Communities Secretary, or Ed Balls, the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families. Sometimes both were present, along with civil servants.

The people sitting around the table with them were from the Young Muslim Advisory Group, with whom they would have earnest, hand-wringing discussions on how best to tackle extremism following the July 7 attacks on London.