Article by Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP: We must not allow woke activists to stop us confronting Islamist extremism

Nov 30, 2020

President Macron is right – this is an intellectual battle to confront a grotesque form of separatism in our midst

By Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP

In a year so saturated by one major risk to our safety and way of life, I wouldn’t blame anyone for wanting to avoid dwelling on others. But the commemoration of the London Bridge terror attack one year ago today is an important reminder of a threat that cannot be kept at bay by quarantining.

In fact the opposite may even be the case. Extremism of various hues has flourished during lockdown, with people spending much more time online being bombarded by conspiracy theories, while operations to monitor extremist and terrorist activities have themselves been forced to adapt quickly.

Covid has certainly not deterred or distracted terrorists in Europe. Last month alone France suffered the beheading of Samuel Paty for teaching freedom of expression, the shooting of an Orthodox priest, and the stabbing of three people inside the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice. Then just days later it was Vienna’s turn to mourn four people shot dead in its historic city centre.

Read more of Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP’s column on Policy Exchange’s “Understanding Islamism” report here

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