One person who will certainly not be happy with the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood”s Muhammad Mursi in Egypt’s first ever free Presidential election will be our twit of a Prime Minister, David Cameron.
Back in February 2011, soon after the Egyptian people brought down Egypt’s long-time dictator, Husni Mubarak, Cameron visited Egypt ostensibly to show support for Egypt’s transition to democratic rule. Cameron made a point of meeting a number of Egyptian groups while deliberately refusing to meet anyone from the Muslim Brotherhood – Egypt’s largest popular mass movement. When asked why he did not meet with the MB, Cameron said:
“My whole argument is that by opening up societies and having the building blocs of democracy and allowing greater participation, you actually give young people … something else to believe in rather than a more extreme Islamic root.”
Cameron had evidently bought into the argument advanced by the Israelis/Policy Exchange/Quilliam etc who keep parrotting that ‘Islamists’ are all extremists. So we can expect some amusing backtracking from the UK government as it realises that the Arab world’s most populous and influential country has voted for an ‘Islamist’ President.
Our Foreign Minister, William Hague was quick off the mark tweeting:
“The people of #Egypt have elected a new President. I congratulate him and them on the result, and the peaceful process”