The sad demise of Prevent

Today’s edition of The Guardian reports that the government’s controversial Prevent programme is to be dismantled:

‘The Home Office said there would be a clear separation in future between counter-terrorism work on individuals directly at risk of becoming radicalised and more general work to combat social exclusion in Muslim communities.’

The writing was on the wall earlier this year when a CLG parliamentary committee which was investigating the impact of Prevent on Muslim communities described it as ‘contentious and unlikely ever to be fully accepted in its existing form by those it is most important to engage.’

I have written previously on Cif and Islam Online about the way in which the government sought – and unsurprisingly failed -to engineer a more submissive and docile Muslim leadership through dispensing lavish Prevent funds.

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