The Prevent Strategy Isn’t Working

At the same time, the Government has a duty to protect all of its citizens. This includes but is not confined to terrorism. The problem with the Prevent Strategy is that it fails in its stated objective. It doesn’t prevent the growth of terrorism. Instead, it tramples on our hard-won rights and demonises whole communities. It criminalises ideas, even on the vaguest grounds.

As a result there is the potential of promoting the very thing that the strategy says it is trying combat. Once ideas are outlawed and teachers, lecturers, doctors and nurses are set to policing them, then one of the few outlets for those ideas is genuine extremism and even violence.