UK: The government’s new counter-extremism strategy is careful and rigorous — albeit with one major flaw

The British government has published its counter-extremism strategy, unencumbered by the Liberal Democrats who held a similar strategy up for five years of coalition. There is much to be said about this strategy, a strategy which is to my mind the most advanced, careful and rigorous counter-extremism strategy anywhere in the Western world. While the US government remains unwilling to even identify the major source of extremism in the world today, the UK government is taking a lead in being willing to both identify and tackle Islamist extremism as the major source of concern, while acknowledging that other concerning types of extremism also exist. Crucially the strategy strengthens the powers of Ofcom, the Charity Commission and other bodies to do the job they need to do.