David Cameron unveils five-year plan to tackle extremism in UK

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File photo: Prime Minister David Cameron.

BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron is unveiling a five-year plan to counteract extremism in the UK, which he has called “the struggle of our generation.”
Speaking in Birmingham, the prime minister is expected to outline work aimed at uncovering why British citizens are drawn to the ideology of groups such as Islamic State (IS), and how to combat that attraction.
He will touch on four identified factors – the excitement of extremist propaganda, and especially how that affects young people, the step from non-violent extreme beliefs to violent action, how radical agendas are able to overpower moderate voices within religious circles, and failures of integration.
In his speech he will make a direct appeal to young people:
“We must de-glamourise the extremist cause, especially IS. This isn’t a pioneering movement – it is vicious, brutal, and fundamentally abhorrent.
“And here’s my message to any young person here in Britain thinking of going out there: You won’t be some valued member of a movement. You are cannon fodder for them. They will use you. If you are a boy, they will brainwash you, strap bombs to your body and blow you up.
“If you are a girl, they will enslave and abuse you. That is the sick and brutal reality of IS.”
Cameron will also introduce Louise Casey, the senior civil servant he is putting in charge of overseeing the plan. Casey was the director of the government’s Troubled Families programme, which worked with some of the UK’s most socially excluded and at risk families, and worked extensively with families in the wake of the 2011 London riots.

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