Throughout the controversy over alleged attempts to impose an Islamist agenda on state schools in Birmingham, doubts have been cast on the authenticity of the so-called Trojan Horse letter that exposed what was going on. However, as Peter Clarke, the former counter-terrorist chief brought in to investigate, pointed out in his report published yesterday, the extent of infiltration was, if anything, under-played. His inquiry found "disturbing" evidence that people with a "shared ideology" were trying to gain control of governing bodies in the city.
Mr Clarke uncovered social media postings in which teachers maintained that the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in London last year was "a hoax". There were also offensive comments about British service personnel, a stated ambition to increase segregation and "a constant undercurrent of anti-Western, anti-American and anti-Israeli sentiment". The report supports recent Ofsted findings that a minority of schools were in thrall to aggressive Islamist propagandists and that the city council failed to intervene for fear of being branded racist.