In the Sunday World (above) at the weekend.
Vogue Williams tackled the subject of “radical extremists”.
In her column, she wrote:
Another approach was suggested by a Muslim former police chief Tarique Ghaffur, who said thousands of radical extremists must be locked up in new internment camps to protect Britain.
There are up to 3,000 extremists living in the UK – far too many to keep a close eye on.
This is something that should be decided by the people, but I certainly agree with it. The only way to stop these senseless attacks is to put any potential threats away.
I know it didn’t work with the internment of IRA members in Northern Ireland when 2,000 alleged paramilitaries were held without trial in makeshift camps.
But in today’s case the terrorists cannot be negotiated with. They want to ruin the western world and they will stop at nothing to do this, so we need to have the same approach with them.
Of the 3,000 extremists living in the UK, 400 fought for Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. MI5 has identified 23,000 jihadis in the UK in recent years but of them 3,000 are still considered a threat. We can no longer sit around and do nothing.
Further to this…
Donald Clarke, in The Irish Times, writes:
We should not call her [Vogue Williams an idiot. We should calmly point out that her views are illogical, totalitarian and profoundly sinister. Her column should be considered alongside the right-wing provocations of Ukip and Breitbart media.
The word “police state” is slung around too liberally in online discourse, but locking up suspects without trial surely constitutes one huge step in that direction. That is what Williams is proposing.
Pic: Donald Clarke