Many people, however, are just unaware. Not long ago, I had an exchange with a leading newspaper columnist who airily assured me that he had many Muslim friends, and that they were integrating just as his Irish Catholic forebears did a couple of generations ago. He could not accept that his own circle of acquaintances — probably doctors, lawyers, journalists — might not be typical of the British Muslim experience.
Did Sally Hitchener and Iain Dale both miss that passage?
Their anecdotal evidence that the Muslims they meet or talk to aren't like the Muslims described in that Channel 4 survey puts them firmly into the same category at Trevor Phillips's "leading newspaper columnist"...
...a camp Mr. Phillips describes as "Britain’s liberal white elite" and "Britain’s increasingly deracinated opinion-forming classes".