Less than two weeks ago I exposed the disturbing similarity between a press release issued by the government about “tackling extremism in universities and colleges” and a report published the bigoted, Zionist hate-funded neoconservative Henry Jackson Society. I noted that the people identified in the unprecedented, repressive blacklist of “extremists” charged with treachery against state-ideology by the government were exactly the same as those found in HJS’s Preventing Prevent report. I had further highlighted that the names noted flimsily as evidence of an apparent connection between “extremism” on campus and political violence were also the same as those highlighted in the HJS report.
This link has also been picked up in a Times Higher Education article, which states in its opening sentence that “[s]ections of a Downing Street statement accused universities of hosting hate preachers are identical to those featured in a report by a controversial thinktank…”
The article further sheds light on the Extremism Analysis Unit’s (EAU) McCarythism – i.e. obscure accusations of “undermining British values” without due regard for evidentiary burdens and procedures:
“Queen Mary’s principal, Simon Gaskell, complained that his institution had had no contact from the Extremism Analysis Unit, which seemed to have produced the figures.”
The report further exposes the copy and paste nature with textual comparisons:
“The Prevent duty depends on having objective information and clear evidence about how universities are responding to it – information must be transparent and unimpeachable… HJS is not an academic body, but a campaigning thinktank with a neoconservative…agenda, so the notion that it could set the agenda on extremism is staggering.”
Rupert Sutton, the author of the dubious Preventing Prevent report, neither confirmed or denied the link between the report or the press release, and instead, exuding neoconservatism like his report, resorted to unacademic remarks premised upon assumptive neocon-defined terms, and referenced a neocon Prime Minister to prove his point. Outstanding. I have two words for Sutton: Douglas Murray.
Typically, our “accountable” government has not been forthcoming in disclosing the sources of the press statement – a trait which seems to be inherent with all things PREVENT.
The “pernicious and poisonous”, Trojan Horse ideology of neoconservatism continues to leave a trail of soft-despotic authoritarianism as it terraforms British society into Leo Strauss’ fascist, closed society. The “Extremism Analysis Unit”, or rather, Orwell’s “Ministry of Truth”, coupled with the neocon government’s penchant for the lack of rule of law and accountability, seem to be the latest means through which neocons are achieving this. Questions still need answering: Who are the people making up the EAU? Who appointed them? How much funding from the government is being directed into this cold-war era, unaccountable, Orwellian monstrosity? And what role the HJS have in drafting a government press release?