Bright's main contention is that the "silent majority" of Muslims is being ignored. This group of people is the "apolitical" sufi community, typified by people like Haras Rafiq, who last week launched the Sufi Muslim Council. Rafiq supported Labour Friends of Israel MP Lorna Fitzsimons in her failed attempt to hold onto her Rochdale constituency last year in the face of much Muslim hostility. Apolitcal indeed.
This main thrust seemed to be answered for me by Inayat Bunglawala in the documentary itself, and which Bright didn't seem to have an answer to. If these people really claim to be the majority of the Muslim community, then why don't they join the MCB, and vote who they want as the leadership in the elections the MCB hold every two years?
Bright over-egged the pudding throughout his documentary. One of his main hooks was that Tony Blair once said on terror that:
"The extremism [Al-Qaeda] may have started through religious doctrine and thought. But soon, in offshoots of the Muslim brotherhood, supported by Wahabi extremists and taught in some of the Madrassas of the Middle East and Asia, an ideology was born and exported around the world."
This quote was used by Bright mercilessly to show how even the PM thought the MB was spreading terror. It's disingenuous to say the least - offshoots are offshoots, and the MB have repeatedly condemned the actions of Al-Qaeda. See Inayat's CiF space for more critique.
He started off the documentary saying the FCO was engaging with Islamic radicals, a statement which was then juxtaposed with images of the 7/7 carnage. He finished the film with "terror will come to the streets of Britain once more". If Bright's having to contrive in this manner these links to the threat we face on these shores, we have to wonder how solid his thesis really is.
He even had Mecca2Medina on complaining that no one talks to them. It strikes me though how unrealistic such a scenario would be, that they would consult with rap groups. Government has to talk to representative groups in all sorts of areas. Indeed, the government itself is a representative body, and it doesn't follow that all their people agree with everything they say or do. What is important is that the right process has been gone through in establishing legitimacy - that which Inayat pointed out.