Britain is being completely failed by this Government’s feeble and weak-minded approach to protecting this country from terrorism. Any faith I once had in the Home Office’s ability to combat the increasingly severe challenge we face as a nation has been replaced by a fear that, until we adopt radically different policies, this country will continue to be at serious risk of terrorist attack.
Whilst our superb troops fight our enemies in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Government is doing very little to stop terrorists from residing and communicating with each other in Britain and from being financed by the State. Our armed forces are being let down by the Government whilst our enemies are making a mockery of our counter terrorism strategy.
The Government has been funding the very individuals who mean Britons nothing but harm. Two weeks ago, the Government admitted that individuals on control orders have been receiving regular instalments of Jobseeker’s Allowance. A month ago, it emerged that in 2008 the Home Office also gave one of these individuals £9,000 for accommodation, utility bills, council tax payments and phone bills. The Government has since given no indication that it will stop using our money in this way in 2009.
In February this year, the European Court of Human Rights ordered the Government to pay more than £70,000 in compensation to Abu Qatada and eight other terror suspects for breaches of their rights under this Government’s Human Rights Act and the total bill for the ‘Prevent’ strand of Project CONTEST has now exceeded £100 million since 2006. This is the part of the Government’s counter terrorism strategy which focuses on preventing radicalisation amongst the UK population. Money is handed down to local authorities and organisations in amounts which relate to the size of each area’s Muslim population. I find it deeply offensive that the Government’s ‘Prevent’ strategy is based upon the belief that if we pour money into areas with high Muslim populations, we will prevent extremism and terrorist violence.