Comment: The biggest challenge Britain is facing is extremism – so what are you going to do about it Theresa May – Daily Mirror, November 2016

by Liam Byrne | 29.11.16

Here’s my comment piece in the Daily Mirror about Black Flag Down: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/biggest-challenge-britain-facing-extremism-9288590

Al-Qaeda has killed seven times more Muslims than non-Muslims. Since January 2014, ISIS has murdered more than 19,000 Iraqis. The fight we’re waging is not between Islam and the West. It is against murderous heretics.

I don’t doubt Theresa May’s intentions. She takes this seriously. But we need a plan of action now.

Let’s start with social media companies. These days, extremist recruitment doesn’t happen in the backrooms of mosques but in social media chatrooms.

MI5 say that someone can be radicalised in weeks. We should be debating new laws like the American Feinstein law, which would force social media corporation to report suspicious activity.

Second, we need to change the way we educate our kids.

We should boost integration, make education about basic moral values compulsory, and remind our children that 400,000 Muslim soldiers once fought for their country.

We need more de-radicalisers to work with at-risk kids. Some areas have just one to go round. We must refresh the prevent plan to make it all about safeguarding.

Third, we need new ways of celebrating our country together. Unity is strength. What better way to start than a bank holiday for St George’s Day.

And a new British Bill of Rights, with a bold statement of British ideals, including free speech and compassion, to enshrine all we hold in common.

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