David Cameron to unveil five-year plan to combat home-grown extremism


Prime Minister David Cameron is preparing to set out a five-year plan to combat home grown Islamic extremism that aims to tackle the “failures of integration”

DAVID CAMERON will argue in a speech on Monday that the UK needs “to confront a tragic truth” that there are people raised in the UK “who don’t really identify with Britain and feel little or no attachment to other people here” .

Cameron will further warn that online propaganda glorifying Islamic State militants is being used to radicalise young people.

An extract released prior to Monday’s speech stated: “You won’t be some valued member of a movement. You are cannon fodder for them… if you are a boy, they will brainwash you, strap bombs to your body and blow you up. If you are a girl, they will enslave and abuse you.”

He will go on to say: “This is what we face: a radical ideology that is not just subversive, but can seem exciting, one that has often sucked people in from non-violence to violence, that is overpowering moderate voices within the debate and which can gain traction because of issues of identity and failures of integration.”

Cameron will also deny that the foreign policy of Western liberal democracies has contributed to the rising figures in radicalisation, and state that suggestions made that the UK Government has been spying on Muslims is “paranoia in the extreme”.

Yasmin Qureshi, Labour MP for Bolton South-East, was quoted in the BBC criticising the approach, saying: “It feels absolutely awful. In Charleston you had a white man who went and killed nine black people in a church.

“I don’t hear anybody saying that the whole of the white population has to apologise for the action of one white man.”

Qureshi added that Muslims are growing weary of consistently being called upon to apologise for the behaviour of extremists.

Cameron’s speech will be made later today.

Picture courtesy of World Economic Forum .