Campaigners called for an end to politicians “tiptoeing” around Islamist fanatics.
Think tank Quilliam urged all politicians to back Theresa May’s strategy, dubbed Prevent, which aims to stop extremism before it develops.
It said we should continue with the Contest Strategy whose principles are “protect, prepare, pursue and prevent”.
Campaigners called for politics to back Theresa May's strategy 'Prevent'
Scrapping Prevent is naive, opportunistic and endangers our national security
Quilliam’s Maajid Nawaz
Quilliam said: “We call on whichever Government is elected to make the urgent appointment of a counter-extremism co-ordinator serving under the prime minister to co-ordinate Government counter-extremism policy across all departments.”
After the latest atrocity Quilliam’s Maajid Nawaz said: “Some politicians have called for the scrapping of the Prevent policy.
“Scrapping Prevent is naive, opportunistic and endangers our national security. Any politician that calls for this does not understand extremism, nor the severity of the jihadist terror threat facing us.”
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Quilliam’s Haras Rafiq said: “Enough is enough – we need action now and not tip-toeing around. The only way to defeat this type of extremism and terrorism is for Government and all British communities to unashamedly name, shame and challenge the threat. That includes the ideology underpinning it. It has its roots in Islamist inspired Salafi Jihadism and we must all admit the problem before we can challenge it.”