What are the implications for youth work practice as a questioning dialogue between worker and young person of the following report in the Times Educational Supplement?
Police have told teachers that they should consider environmental activists and anti-fracking protesters as potential extremists under the government’s Prevent counter-terrorism strategy.
Sources at West Yorkshire Police confirmed that the attending teachers, drawn from across the Kirklees district, were warned about anti-capitalist and environmental extremists, as well as far-Right and al-Qaeda-inspired extremism.
The government has defined extremism in its Prevent strategy as: “Vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.”
Given I am vocal in my criticism of the charade of so-called democracy, the bias of the justice system, the distortion of what constitutes liberty, respect and tolerance in Britain, does this make me an extremist? Oh, sorry, and I admit I’m not keen on capitalism. My card is marked.