CCE chief Robin Simcox should not be regarded as a neutral arbiter of extremism, but rather as a partisan figure within the landscape over which he has been appointed to cast scrutiny.
This piece traces the development of the Commission for Countering Extremism (CCE) since 2018 and provides a picture of the state of counter-terror policy in Britain.
Almost £1m of unspent funding for counterextremism work has been handed back to the government by the CCE as sources say “no one knows” what the commission does.
The UK government presented its first revision of CONTEST in five years, which highlights that “those convicted of terrorism or a related offence may continue to pose a threat.”
Britain’s counter-terrorism policy is “stuck in past debates” on Islamism and the far right – when young people today have a “DIY ideology” that poses a different radicalisation risk, said experts.
Earlier this month the Counter Extremism Project put on an event to examine how to maintain the momentum of ‘Prevent’, the national counter-radicalisation security strategy.
Yahya Birt argues that the Bloom Review disproportionately focuses on Britain’s non-Christian religious minorities, urging further extensions of counter-extremism measures into Muslim civil society.
Boundaries between the UK’s counter-extremism strategy Prevent as being a counter-terrorism tool as well as being part of safeguarding are blurring the lines between care and cruelty.
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.
Risks posed by new technological advancements, particularly those developed with counter terrorism policy, is the central theme of a report to the UN by the special rapporteur.