John Prescott

John Prescott

Last week I appeared in some papers for comments I made about Tony Blair and Iraq at a fundraiser in Gainsborough. They claimed I was recorded secretly – even though a BBC film crew and documentary team were recording it too. And if the papers were regular readers of this column, they’d know my views on the Middle East and my take on Tony’s “crusade-like” view.

But I also pointed out my fear that ­Britain’s role in Iraq and Afghanistan has played a part in radicalising young Muslims here. There’s been much talk and publicity by our media and right-wing politicians keen to put the blame on Muslim clerics for inspiring young people to leave the UK to fight in Syria with Islamic State. And former Education Secretary Michael Gove’s accusations about “Trojan horse schools” radicalising young Muslims have not been proven, despite all the enquiries.