Extremists will have to get posts on Facebook and Twitter approved in advance by the police under sweeping rules planned by the Conservatives.
They will also be barred from speaking at public events if they represent a threat to “the functioning of democracy”, under the new Extremist Disruption Orders.
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, will lay out plans to allow judges to ban people from broadcasting or protesting in certain places, as well as associating with specific people.
The plans — to be brought in if the Conservatives win the election in May — are part of a wide-ranging set of rules to strengthen the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy.
The Home Secretary will also introduce “banning orders” for extremist groups, which would make it a criminal offence to be a member of or raise funds for a group that spreads or promotes hatred. The maximum sentence could be up to 10 years in prison.
The new orders will be part of the Government’s “Prevent” strategy, which tackles the ideology behind the terrorist threat. So-called hate preachers, who currently stay just within terrorism legislation, will be one of the targets of banning orders and Extremism Disruption Orders (EDOs).
EDOs would apply if a judge is convinced that an individual is carrying out their activities for “the purpose of overthrowing democracy”.
Emphasis added, for a very important reason.
Britain’s “anti-terrorism” efforts are the same kind of slap-happy failure as ours are, for much the same reason.
It’s like I wrote yesterday in this space: We’re responding to tribal threats with an ideological response. Instead of shipping the non-white Muslims out of Britain, the “best” they can do is concoct a bunch of Rube Goldberg legal devices (which will anarcho-tyrannically be enforced mainly on right-wing whites, mark me) based on the pretense that non-white Muslims are only bad because they’re “extreme” or “hateful” or oppose duhmocrazy. (Meanwhile, I can find a hateful extremist that opposes duhmocrazy on the other side of the mirror.) An earlier version of this article said that these generic extremists (don’t say “Muslim”) are causing “community tensions.” Which means they’re hurting people’s feelings.
So here’s the fight song to Britain’s anti-Muslim terrorism efforts: