It does seem like MPACUK is trying to position themselves as the foremost Islamic group. Last week they "exposed" the Sufi Muslim Council as having "links to the neocons in Washington". And earlier this week they declared that "MPACUK is now the most visited Muslim website in Britain".
Now MPACUK is accusing Al Muhajiroun's former members (current members of The Saviour Sect and Al Ghurabaa) of being "'agent provocateurs for anti Muslim governments or forces". This idea was first floated by good old George Galloway in the immediate aftermath of Abu Izzadeen's abuse of John Reid.
The article starts by declaring "MPACUK is known for it's accountability" which is slightly odd for a group of self appointed young men who openly admit to working from their bedrooms late at night.
The evidence put forward for this little conspiracy theory is summed up by this question, "Why is it that every time the Media need an anti-Muslim story or the Government need a reason to pass an anti-Muslim law this groups just happen to show up?"
UPDATE: Rod Liddle, from the Sunday Times, has picked up on this move by MPAC. He writes:
It is, says everybody, “open season on Muslims”; so nip down to your post office, get yourself a licence and within minutes you too could be in a television studio taking a gratuitous swipe at their awful beards, or their veils, or their apparent dislike of dogs, gays and Jews. In the studio you may well find your arguments countered by an earnest representative of yet another self-appointed pressure group: the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC). These chaps stepped into the void left by the equally non-democratic, Muslim Council of Britain (MCB).In answer to his question, none at all if he does some research. This group actively encourages jihad, although they claim to be advocating a political form. They are also deeply anti-Semitic and last month they called for the destruction of the State of Israel.
The MCB has been cast into the sulphurous pit marked “Bad Islam”. Once it was introduced by BBC correspondents as the “voice of mainstream, moderate Muslim opinion”. Apparently it no longer is. Yet its views have not changed one bit. The only explanation seems to be that the government no longer believes it represents moderate Islam and the media has tagged along. How long will it be before we find out nasty things about the MPAC?