Extremism

Syrian schoolgirls on their way to school (Photo: Zein Al-Rifal/Getty)

We’ve always messed up the Middle East. Let’s stay out, for once

21 July 2015 17:55

I suppose I should cease carping. We got a Blue Labour budget (except for the ludicrous stuff on inheritance tax), and far better than anything we would have got under… Continue reading

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David Cameron delivers a speech about extremism on 20 July 2015 (Photo: Paul Ellis/Getty)

Why we need to talk about theocracy

21 July 2015 13:58

David Cameron is right to speak against religious extremism, even if it claims not to support violence. But what exactly is religious extremism? He defined it in opposition to British… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Theresa May during a ceremonial welcome for the President of Singapore Tony Tan, and his wife, at Horse Guards Parade in London.

Theresa May on tackling extremism: ‘we’re not talking about curbing free speech’

20 July 2015 9:26

David Cameron will outline the ‘struggle of our generation’ today: tackling Islamist extremism. The Prime Minister is set to deliver a significant speech in Birmingham, where he will say ‘the root cause… Continue reading

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Cameron wants the UK to be more ‘intolerant of intolerance’

29 June 2015 16:23

The minute’s silence before David Cameron’s statement to the House gave proceedings in the Commons this afternoon a particularly sombre air. When Cameron spoke at the despatch box, he announced… Continue reading

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Earl Grey appealing to the Bench of Bishops in the House of Lords to pass the Reform Bill (Picture: Hulton Archive/Getty)

Secularists need to prioritise their targets

20 May 2015 17:06

I was on the BBC on Sunday morning discussing the government’s new counter-extremism legislation. Unusually for a discussion on this area the debate seemed to me to be constructive and engaging. … Continue reading

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Nick Clegg has damaged Britain’s counter-extremism strategies

17 March 2015 19:04

There is some fuss around the publication delay on the government’s review into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK.  But why the fuss?  After all, if other… Continue reading

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It’s not up to Theresa May to define ‘British values’

12 March 2015 15:51

A month after the Magna-Carta-mangling Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill crept onto the statue book, leaked documents seen by the Daily Telegraph over the weekend reveal Home Office proposals which are likely… Continue reading

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Theresa May’s speech on terrorism and extremism – full text and audio

30 September 2014 12:24

Our values will prevail in the fight against terrorism and extremism Thank you, Alexander, for that thoughtful and inspiring speech. listen to ‘Theresa May's speech on terrorism and extremism’ on… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Michael Fallon says UK should reconsider military action in Syria to combat ISIS

23 September 2014 14:01

The Ministry of Defence is like a sauna on Sunday. The air circulation system has been switched off and the place is hot—and deserted. Yet when you reach the Secretary… Continue reading

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The Prime Minister and Baroness Warsi clashed over the government's counter-extremism strategy while the minister was on a plane. Picture: Getty

‘Hopeless’ Warsi ‘resisting’ David Cameron’s fight against extremism

8 July 2014 15:43

The government has failed to produce an adequate strategy to tackle non-violent extremism because the minister in charge of it is said to disagree with the Prime Minister’s approach, sources… Continue reading

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Oldknow Academy in Birmingham - one of the schools at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' inquiry. Photo: Getty,

Podcast: the betrayal of British Muslims and the new Iraq war

12 June 2014 9:50

Do we need to take more action to tackle the Islamist threat in British schools? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, The Spectator’s Douglas Murray and Matthew Parris debate… Continue reading

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Gove and May ensured the Queen’s Speech wasn’t the day’s main story

4 June 2014 16:38

Downing Street must be hopping mad with Theresa May and Michael Gove for pursuing their own row on the day of a Queen’s Speech that was carefully crafted so as… Continue reading

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Lord Haw Haw

Why has fascism failed in the United Kingdom?

16 May 2014 12:08

Because, well, just look at them. These Young Spodes are not quite the Master Race are they? And this is the problem with extremism: it cannot avoid being ridiculous. I… Continue reading

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Islamist extremists shouldn’t be allowed to preach hate at British universities

29 April 2014 11:28

More evidence has emerged that Islamic Societies at universities are continuing to host extremist preachers in front of segregated audiences. Last month, students at the University of Westminster invited Murtaza Khan,… Continue reading

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The Prime Minister and Baroness Warsi clashed over the government's counter-extremism strategy while the minister was on a plane. Picture: Getty

David Cameron’s mile-high fight

28 April 2014 15:52

How does a Prime Minister get a recalcitrant minister to agree to something? Well, if it’s not going to make any difference to whether some legislation passes and the minister… Continue reading

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The Muslim-majority world rocks to 1,000 conspiracy theories about the power of the US government. Washington should not fulfil the stereotype. Image: Getty.

General Dempsey’s disastrous intervention

13 September 2012 16:35

When the Danish Cartoons affair broke in 2005-6 there was considerable pressure on the Danish Prime Minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, to issue a condemnation and apology. Demonstrating considerable statesmanship he… Continue reading

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Tony Blair’s legacy on tackling extremism

24 July 2012 15:00

It may be unpopular to say, but there is reason to be charitable to Tony Blair and his latest warnings about Islamist extremism. The former Prime Minister gave afascinating interview… Continue reading

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The spectre of populism

13 November 2011 10:21

Across Europe, the bien pensant are worried. They fear that the Eurocrisis could lead to the rise of populism — whatever that means — and even extremism. The spectre of… Continue reading

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Clegg collides with Cameron over extremism

3 March 2011 17:27

Nick Clegg’s speech in Luton today on extremism is a challenge to large parts of David Cameron’s remarks on the subject in Munich just last month. Indeed, even the venue… Continue reading

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Extremism – not just violent extremism – is the problem

22 January 2011 17:32

Charles Moore has an important piece in the Telegraph today criticising Baroness Warsi’s muddle-headed speech [a speech which interestingly doesn’t appear on her page on the party website]. In it,… Continue reading

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