Prime Minister David Cameron today delivered what was pre-advertised as being his most important speech on the issue of so-called “Islamist Extremism”. The speech spoke of a five-year plan to tackle “fundamentalist terrorism”, and sparked an array of disappointed responses from think tanks, journalists, Muslims and non-Muslims in Britain. Criticisms of the speech ranged from it being “incoherent” and “ill-informed” all the way to “thoroughly misguided” and “destined to plunge this country, as well as the Middle East, into further chaos and misery.”
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David Cameron extremism speech: Muslim leaders give their views on the PM’s plans [Oliver Wright, The Independent]
David Cameron has made it all about Muslims – without engaging us at all [Mohammed Shafiq, The Guardian]
Far from offering a new approach, Cameron has the same tired solutions on terrorism [Maria Norris, New Statesman]
When will the government tell us what kind of free speech it’s going to ban? [Ian Dunt, Politics.co.uk]
Cameron’s “Munich 2” [Mend]
Cameron follows Blair in criminalising the Muslim community [Dilly Hussain, Middle East Eye]
Schooling ‘British values’: threatening civil liberties and equal opportunities [John Holmwood, Open Democracy]
How do you spot a student extremist in a university? [Katy Sian, The Guardian]
Stifling freedom of expression in UK schools [Simon Hooper, Aljazeera]
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