William Shawcross, the author of a controversial review of Britain’s counter-terrorism strategy, claims the public have been left “at risk” because many of his key recommendations have been ignored by the Home Office, reports The Guardian.
This blog deals with the harmful aspects of Prevent to which Shawcross admits when he describes it as “a state-run scheme to counter specific ideas, attitudes, and non-criminal behaviours”.
William Shawcross, the head of a criticised review into the Prevent has said he is “happy and very grateful” to receive a knighthood.
The Shawcross Review and People’s Review of Prevent form the topics of this discussion with Prof. John Holmwood and Dr Layla Aitlhadj.
The Shawcross recommendations to Prevent ignore the Manchester Arena Enquiry, and rather urge a greater securitisation of society that is harmful in the long term.
The Shawcross Review of Prevent urges far-reaching changes to the administrative organisation of Prevent, involving increased centralisation and direct control by the Home Office.
In ignoring the facts and arguing for Prevent-led authoritarianism in schools, Shawcross pushes aside the role of local authorities and the DfE in his review of the Prevent strategy.
The teaching of Fundamental British Values in schools is incorporated into the requirement of schools under Prevent, so why does Shawcross ignore its impact and meaning in his report?
The UK is facing a “slide into dangerous authoritarianism” if the government proceeds with the recommendations of a contentious review of Prevent, critics of the strategy have warned. In a joint letter issued on Tuesday, a coalition of civil society organisations including Amnesty International, Liberty, and a wide range of Muslim community groups called for the withdrawal of the review, which Suella Braverman, the home secretary, has already pledged to implement in full. William Shawcross’s review, published last month after years of delays, called for Prevent to prioritise the threat from Islamist extremism over far-right extremism, and said that confronting Islamist narratives should be a “principal component of Prevent activity”. Shawcross accused some critics of Prevent of themselves being “radicalising influences”, and suggested there was a “concerted campaign… to undermine and delegitimise” the programme. They said: “Despite raising legitimate evidence-based concerns, critics of Prevent have been ignored and smeared. One […]
Over 200 civil society organisations, community leaders and academics have called on the UK government to withdraw the Prevent review by William Shawcross.