extremism /ɪkˈstriːmɪz(ə)m,ɛk-/


The Government plans to introduce sweeping new powers called Extremism Disruption Orders (EDOs) to combat individuals and organisations it deems to be ‘extreme’.

Who are ‘extremists’? Terrorists? Of course. But what about political activists? Religious groups? Anti-religious groups? Trade unionists? Environmental campaigners? Are they ‘extremists’? They could be under the Government’s vague proposals.

These plans have such a low threshold that they risk catching all kinds of legitimate speech.

What are EDOs?

For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens:

as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone. It's often meant we have stood neutral between different values. And that's helped foster a narrative of extremism and grievance. This Government will conclusively turn the page on this failed approach.

David Cameron

Former Prime Minister

We need to take action now before these dangerous proposals become law.

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