He's a serious pundit. Allegedly
The problem here is that, were Hodges to be consistent in his condemnation, those thus condemned would have to include Himself Personally Now. Because, last February, he was a panellist on “‘The Big Question: How Free Is Speech?’ A debate looking at the limits of Free Speech in the West, should freedom to insult Religion be allowed, while Freedom to criticise Western values be prohibited?”.
And there’s more: the speakers at the event where Hodges was on the panel - that would be those with whom he shared the platform - included Moazzam Begg, whom the Mail On Sunday has linked to ISIS, or whatever they’re called this week, and even the bloke whom the press have nicknamed “Jihadi John”. The Mail has passed severely adverse comment on CAGE for describing “Jihadi John” as a “beautiful person”.
Indeed, it was Andrew “transcription error” Gilligan who revealed “By day, at heart of counter-terror policing. And by night, preacher of extremism … Government watchdog, which inspects police forces’ readiness for terrorism, employed preacher of extremism” only two months ago. Again, Gilligan merits instant scepticism here on Zelo Street, but it was in the Telegraph - to which Hodges contributes on a regular basis.