Sunday Telegraph: Promote the right values and prevent extremism

More than eight years have passed since the Government first outlined its counter-terrorism strategy known as Contest. Its genesis was a dawning realisation that the threat of Islamist terrorism came not only from abroad but also from within. The suicide bomb attacks in London on July 7, 2005, by four men born or raised in this country confirmed the worst fears of the security authorities. Part of the response involved developing a strategy aimed at preventing the radicalisation of young Muslim men. To that end, millions of pounds have been spent on more than 1,200 projects of dubious merit around the country. They include sponsoring “safe debates” to discuss current affairs or grievances; encouraging women to take a more active role in the Muslim community; backing theatrical productions with extremism as a subject; and setting up boxing or football clubs for Muslims.

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