‘The Muslim community will have to suffer until it gets its house in order.’ What sort of suffering? Not letting them travel. Deportation – further down the road. Curtailing of freedoms. Strip-searching people who look like they’re from the Middle East or from Pakistan… Discriminatory stuff, until it hurts the whole community and they start getting tough with their children.
Thus said Martin Amis last year. Fellow academic Terry Eagleton took this to task. He now writes on Comment is Free about the fallout from his criticism - there was no chorus of repudiation of Amis's views, just newspaper speculation about an academic bust up and concern that Muslims may not attend his lectures now.