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Is the Police ‘Domestic Extremist’ Scheme going to deter yet-to-be-Britisher activism?


“Police are gathering the personal details of thousands of activists who attend political meetings and protests, and storing their data on a network of nationwide intelligence databases…

Senior officers say domestic extremism, a term coined by police that has no legal basis, can include activists suspected of minor public order offences such as peaceful direct action and civil disobedience.”


Upon reading this, I wondered after the integrational schemes for those hoping to be granted an ‘indefinite leave to remain’ and, thereafter, citizenship. For either, one has to exhibit knowledge of British affairs, culture, exhibit proficiency in English, and so on. Now I have to ask if abstaining from supporting political causes and confining empathy to a couple of quid a month to the RSPCA is one of the unstated criteria.


I can just imagine many a yet-to-be-Britisher reading this and telling her/imself to ‘keep out of politics’ lest they be blacklisted upon application for the above after a period of stay. I have to wonder how this might serve to dilute the alternative camps in the country as British-hopefuls are trained during their stay to keep out of it. Some might argue that, well, after they become citizens they still have the choice of signing up with pamphleteers. However, choice is not simply a matter of having the freedom to effectuate a decision in the face of alternatives, but can be impeded by the said decision being put off and coping strategies being formed to compensate for not effectuating a decision with immediacy. In other word, the longer we procrastinate upon being confronted with a choice, we have as much time to get used to not having it.

So what alternative do the anti-fascists, environmentalists, and a host of others have when it comes to ensuring a steady stream of supporters for their cause whatever their point of origin? Turn to fascism so that they might not be diluted with future migrants whom are going to be trained via the aforementioned to turn the apathetic cheek? In some southeast Asian regions, their respective governments bring in foreigners to ensure a growing supportive and subservient base or for the maintenance of a ‘racial balance’. Here, I wonder, if potential migrants are being relied upon to ensure a growing apathetic base via the aforementioned means to counteract the ‘domestic extremists’. And why is the term ‘extremist’ now being associated with alternative streams of thought in the UK? And what does this mean for the future definition of the term ‘moderate’? One who questions the status quo only when it comes to fashion?

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2 comments:

  1. I think the clue is in the title - Domestic Extremeist - this dosn't mean those exercising their democratic right to protest. It DOES mean those who go beyond what is allowed in law and commit crimes, apprently to furter their polical aims - so a simple answer to your overlong question is No - protest all you like as long as you don't commit crimes the UK will grant you the rights you lack in your home country.

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  2. Yours seems to be a literal faith in the transparency of governmental agenda.

    If we can take to be true that the police and the powers-that-be do not look kindly on protests, and view immigration from non-EU states as a problem, it does not take much imagination to infer the possibility that participation in protests might serve as a criteria for reducing the influx of immigrants - especially since one does not have to break any laws to get on 'the list'.

    Perhaps if it wasn't for your inclination toward abbreviated discussions, or confusing discussions for questions, you might have availed yourself of these other 'clues'. Try going beyond titles.



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