Islamist extremists are attempting to radicalise prisoners by deliberately getting custodial sentences or gaining jobs in jails, according to the Prison Officers Association (POA).How very odd. Odd, because one thing that everybody knows about Michael Gove is that when he was Education Secretary, he had a portrait of Malcolm X on his wall.
The warning comes as the justice secretary, Michael Gove, has ordered a review of how the prison and probation service tackle the radicalisation of offenders. The review will include an investigation into Muslim preachers radicalising inmates, according to the Sun.
The Guardian last year referred to
the twin pictures of Malcolm X and Margaret Thatcher on Gove's office wallwhile the Statesman, month before last, preferred
in his Whitehall office, Gove hung pictures of Lenin and Malcolm X.In 2011 Channel Four had
He's got a picture of Malcolm X on his secretary of state's office wall to drum the message home.and last year the Financial Times had
He's also got a picture of Barack Obama there. And Lenin too
Alongside Theodore Roosevelt, Barack Obama and Margaret Thatcher is the unyielding image of Lenin – whom Gove claims invented the phrase “education, education, education” – and the portraits of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King.Why the different accounts, who can say. Maybe some of the writers actually witnessed the portraits and others were just trying to remember what the other ones had said. Or maybe the interviewers were too dazzled by Gove's legendary politeness to check the portraits properly. Still, Malcolm X is common to all the accounts. Everybody knows his portrait was on Michael Gove's wall at Education.
Maybe it still is, now Gove has moved to Justice. You'd kind of like to know.
Because one thing that everybody knows about Malcolm is that he found Islam in prison. He was radicalised, while in prison. He was so radicalised, in prison, that the FBI opened a file on him. He fitted almost every description of the sort of man who Michael Gove is seeking to root out.
But Michael Gove had a picture of Malcolm X on his office wall.