By A.B. Sanderson
Universities will be forced to ban hate preachers under new rules issued by the Home Secretary. The announcement, reported in the Daily Mail, was part of a package of measures she revealed yesterday to tackle the growing threat of jihadis here in the UK.
Mrs May used her speech
at the Royal United Services Institute to outline a series of proposals
which will be included in the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill.
And she said that if the Tories won the next election, she would
reintroduce the Communications Data Bill - dubbed the "Snoopers'
Charter" because it would allow for intrusion into everyone’s activities
online, including social media. MI5, MI6 and GCHQ insist they need
extra powers to track down terrorists, crime gangs and paedophiles on
In a drive to stop young people from being radicalised by Islamist
fanatics, schools, colleges and universities will be ordered to put in
place anti-extremism policies.
The measures come against a backdrop of alarming Ofsted
investigations including one which showed six private Islamic schools in
London’s Tower Hamlets’ had curricula that left pupils unable to tell
the difference between Sharia and British law and had children thinking
that if they studied art they would go to hell.
And the top counter-terrorism officer in London's Metropolitan
Police, Mark Rowley, said the threat from radicalised Muslims would be a
concern "for years to come".
In addition, a Whitehall source revealed that a beheading in a
shopping centre or a brutal attack on Britain’s streets by a "lone wolf"
was "almost inevitable".
Mrs May said the threat to Britain from fanatics was "greater than it
had ever been" and warned an attack by extremists who had trained with
militants in Iraq or Syria was "highly likely".
She refuted claims the proposals were just a knee-jerk reaction to a
heightened state of alert, saying the police had foiled 40 potential
terrorist attacks since the London bombings in July 2005.
Included in the bill would be measures to make it an offence for
insurance companies to pay ransoms to extremist groups and would give
border guards the power to seize passports and for terror suspects to be
forcibly relocated or put into internal exile.
Her proposals were criticised by human rights groups, including
Liberty, whose leader Shami Chakrabarti accused politicians of resorting
to "high talk and rushed legislation in an attempt to look fought in
the face of terrorism."
She said the bill, to be put before MPs tomorrow, was "another chilling recipe for injustice and resentment."
Against the backdrop of the Home Secretary's speech, the University
of East London has banned a Muslim preacher from the campus for saying
that homosexuality was like a disease. The event was called off when
concerns were raised that he would insist on gender segregation.