Friday, June 20, 2014

"British jihadists"

On Daily Politics this lunchtime the opinion was once again aired that "British jihadists" (a contradiction in terms surely) were likely to return from Iraq and Syria and "there is nothing we can do about it".

The Prime Minister has said that returning "jihadists" represent the most serious threat to our security.

Assuming all this is true one would expect to see government ministers applying to The Queen for an Order In Council enabling emergency powers to be used.

Then everyone who matches the jihadist profile must be detained upon entry into the United Kingdom and held until their innocence is proved beyond all reasonable doubt.  Held in civilised conditions of course.  But held until they prove they are not a jihadist or they decide to leave the United Kingdom and go somewhere else.

Please don't tell me the numbers are too large to do this.

If there is any doubt about public willingness to allocate the resources then hold a referendum on the issue - I am confident what view the electorate will take.

In any case, the cost will be a fraction of the thirteen-year-long wars we have been fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and which were supposed to have sorted this problem out.

What is intolerable is for politicians to tell us we face a serious threat to our security and then say "there is nothing we can do about it".

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