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Whether coincidence or conspiracy, it is a surprise to discover that a key chapter in Michael Gove's 2006 polemical book on the threat of Islamism to Britain, Celsius 7/7, is entitled The Trojan Horse.

"Nowhere has moral clarity been more lacking in British state policy over the last ten to fifteen years than in our approach to the Islamist threat," begins chapter eight, before detailing his belief that "a sizeable minority" of Britain's 1.8 million Muslims hold "rejectionist Islamist views" which he compares to the threat posed by Nazism and Communism.

It may well be that his chapter heading, foreshadowing the Trojan horse references in the suspected hoax letters alleging an Islamist plot to take over schools in Birmingham, is just a familiar literary trope. But Celsius 7/7, published in the aftermath of the London tube and bus bombings, does provide some clues to Gove's political outlook.


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