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Prime Minister claims 'passively tolerant society' has fostered extremism

OWoN: Yes, Yes, Yes, at last now these Bloody useless Limp Wrist Liberals are out of a Coalition, we can crack down on our nations usurping and extremist assholes and contain this human garbage. Packing many back where they came from will be a good start. The Romans has a good system of the Underground Mines where it was always a one way trip and a hole big enough to lose them. Time to restore order within the border. It's called Leadership, and those who don't like it, can leave.


Prime Minister David Cameron claims Britain's 'passively tolerant society' has helped to foster 'extremism and grievance'


We must end the idea that as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone, says Cameron in hardline terror crackdown

  • Prime Minister claims 'passively tolerant society' has fostered extremism
  • National Security Council to meet for the first time since Tory election win
  • New laws include powers to intervene in communities at risk of fanatics
  • Home Secretary Theresa May denies plans are an attack on free speech

Mail Online
By Matt Chorney
12 May 2015

David Cameron will today order security services to ditch the approach that 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'.

The Prime Minister, setting out a crackdown on terrorists, claims Britain's 'passively tolerant society' has helped to foster 'extremism and grievance'.

Chairing the National Security Council of police and intelligence chiefs, he will vow to 'confront head-on the poisonous ideology' of Islamist hardliners and take on neo-Nazis with a Counter-Extremism Bill included in the Queen's Speech.

Mr Cameron will unveil a package of measures aimed at tackling the threat from Islamic State-inspired jihadists.

It includes powers to close premises, including mosques, used by fanatics to foster extremism and tighter immigration controls.

But the government is also proposing banning orders for groups thought to be using hate speech and 'disruption orders' for individuals judged to pose a threat to British values.

In a bold statement of intent, Mr Cameron will warn that the new Conservative will 'actively promote' certain values and intervene to prevent extremist views taking hold.

The Prime Minister will tell the National Security Council: 'For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone.

'It's often meant we have stood neutral between different values. And that's helped foster a narrative of extremism and grievance.

'This Government will conclusively turn the page on this failed approach. As the party of one nation, we will govern as one nation, and bring our country together.'

He says the new approach would means 'actively promoting certain values': 'Freedom of speech. Freedom of worship. Democracy. The rule of law. Equal rights regardless of race, gender or sexuality.

'We must say to our citizens: this is what defines us as a society. To belong here is to believe in these things.

'And it means confronting head-on the poisonous Islamist extremist ideology. Whether they are violent in their means or not, we must make it impossible for the extremists to succeed.'

Mr Cameron has vowed to push ahead with the plans, some of which were blocked by the Lib Dems in the coalition government.


Home Secretary Theresa May, pictured today, insisted that the new laws would 'still enable free speech to take place'


The PM has been emboldened by the surprise Conservative majority, and will seek to have the new offences passed into law within months.

Ministers face claims the new hardline stance is an attack on free speech, but Home Secretary Theresa May today insisted that the new laws would 'still enable free speech to take place'.

She told ITV1's Good Morning Britain: 'This is a great country to live in, we have a pluralistic society, we are one nation living together. But sadly, there are those who seek to divide us - the extremists of all kinds.

'There's Islamist extremism, neo-Nazi extremism, trying to preach hatred and intolerance and challenge the values that underpin our society - values of democracy, tolerance, freedom, the rule of law.

'What we want to do is ensure that those who are trying to promote that hatred and intolerance, we can deal with them.'

Labour accused the government of failing to do enough to tackle the problem of radicalised fighters returning to the UK from Syria.

Shadow Home Office minister David Hanson said: Labour believes much more needs to be done to tackle extremism and our manifesto included new powers to deal with those returning from Syria - which don't seem to be included in these Government proposals. Nor does there seem to be enough to strengthen community led prevention work that the Government cut back during the last Parliament. However we will look at the detail of these proposals.

'Hundreds of people have returned from fighting with ISIL in Syria and we need proper measures in place to ensure the security agencies and counter terror police have the tools they need to protect the public. Strong powers also need strong checks and balances to ensure they are used appropriately. We will look at the detail of these proposals to ensure these measures are both effective and proportionate.

'The government were wrong to weaken counter terror powers in the last parliament. And wrong to cut back on community-led work to prevent young people being drawn into extremism in the first place.'


TORIES' NEW TERROR CRACKDOWN

The Conservative government's new Counter-Extremism Bill is expected to include:

  • Powers to close premises, including mosques, where extremists seek to influence others
  • Banning Orders for extremist organisations who use hate speech in public places, but fall short of proscription
  • New Extremism Disruption Orders to restrict people who seek to radicalise young people
  • Tougher powers for the Charity Commission to root out charities who misappropriate funds towards extremism and terrorism
  • Toughening up immigration restrictions on extremists to prevent them entering the UK
  • Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom to have powers to block videos online

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