Government demonises Muslims as extremists

'Extremist' is being redefined to mean any Muslim who opposes British foreign policy. Eddie Ford looks at the revamped 'Prevent' strategy and the left's knee-jerk response

Last year, the government launched a review into the so-called ‘Prevent’ strategy, to be overseen by Lord Carlile of Berriew. Initiated by the New Labour government, the idea of Prevent in 2007 was to draw in respectable, non-violent Muslim organisations back into the fold. Muslims, and their many and varied organisations, had been by tradition prone to support the Labour Party in elections. But they had been deeply alienated by the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the so-called ‘war on terror’. Many turned to the Liberal Democrats. Not a few turned to the left and George Galloway’s Respect party.

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