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Podcast: Race, genes and history, Nick Clegg’s war and the curious case of Mo Ansar

15 May 2014

8:07 AM

15 May 2014

8:07 AM

Is there a link between race, genes and history? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, author Nicholas Wade discusses his Spectator cover feature on what the last 11 years of human genome decoding tells us about human evolution. Is it racist to combine the politics of race and genes? Is there a link between historical events, such as the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, and genetics? And does Nicholas expect to be ostracised for writing on this controversial topic?

Douglas Murray and Haras Rafiq also discuss who exactly is Mo Ansar. How did a former bank employee become the preeminent voice of British Islam? Why did this ‘Twitter personality’ become such a fixture on our TV screens? Does Mo operate ‘sock puppet’ Twitter accounts to reinforce his opinions? And what does the British Muslim community think about him?


Plus James Forsyth and Miranda Green look at the ongoing battle between Nick Clegg and Dominic Cummings, Michael Gove’s former advisor. Why does Cummings hold such a vendetta against the Deputy PM? And should Clegg ignore or rebut his attacks? Who will be the eventual victor?

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Show comments
  • Liz

    Mo Ansar is just a gob for hire, in the same vein as Peter Hitchens on drugs, Katie Hopkins on feminism and Russell Brand on political ennui. The problem is when they’re hired by NewsNight.

  • Ricky Strong

    Mo Ansar is nothing but an endless stream of crap. A better summary was never said.

    • John Smith

      That good? He is really an Islamist

      • Ricky Strong

        He is, bless him. I can’t help but think his biggest kick out of it all is that gets to wear his fancy dress in order to play the role.

  • HookesLaw

    Wade? He might expect riddicule for spouting rubbish.

    • Josh

      Wade is right.