Do you think Londoners can play a role in keeping people safe from extremism and radicalisation? What support or advice do Londoners need to do this?
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I think Londoners have a responsibility to the community to do what they can. Not everyone is in a position to do something, and not always is direct intervention is the safest option. I think signable in popular places such as tube stops would be a helpful, informative way to communicate to people signs, signals, and what to do to the public.
The key thing to remember is these participants are people too. Ideology is often inherited and we should focus on reform, not punishment.
True story: I was travelling on the Underground with a family friend from the USA. When we reached our destination, she remarked that she saw a lot of posters telling people to report "anything suspicious". She asked, "What do they mean by suspicious?" My mum told her it was about unattended bags. She said, "Oh! I was going to say, I saw a lot of things that I thought were suspicious!" By that, I think she meant excentricity of appearance, etc.
Moral of the story: I don't think innuendos like "anything suspicious" give enough information to the travelling public about what they should be reporting to the police.
London is a great city and we are proud that we are one of the most inclusive cities in the world. It is all our responsibilities to stamp out hate crime, Islamophobia and terrorism. Government should not play into the hands of right wing and extremist group with devisive rhetoric and ill thought out policies like Prevent.
Where is this inclusivity you speak of? All I see in London is different isolated communities that very rarely meet and have no interest in doing so.
Bisgrg01, I agree about the problem of people living in isolated communities. I think businesses should be required to use the English language in signage on shopfronts, etc.
On the other hand, when it comes to isolated communities, we're nowhere near as bad as Luton!
Also anti semitic rhetoric is rife and a culture of it being acceptable in London. I constantly hear people talking about the Jews being part of a clandestine elite group who are destroying the world!
London is a great diverse city and we should all be proud of that fact. But also need to acknowledge that not everyone of us has equal opportunities. We should learn early on in all schools that we are equal and of equal value.
In reality there is very little diversity in London. Different communities group together and very rarely interact or meet. London is a city of many cultures that stay segrigated, true intergration and diveristy simply doesn't exist.
Bisgrg01, we do meet. We meet on the bus. We meet at the front doors of our blocks of flats. They speak in their language and we speak in ours.
I find that parents tend to prioritise learning the language of the mother country over learning the English language. That makes it extra hard for our teachers. It also makes it harder for pupils to integrate in the classroom/playground. I don't think people should be coming to live in our country if they don't intend to speak our language.
London schools should teach children of all ages about other faiths and their history.
It is part of the curriculum for Religious Education. When I was at school, we learned about Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism.
All schools anywhere in UK should concentrate on educating children to attain qualification to achieve a successful and rewarding future. Religious (sic) instruction should not be specific nor detailed to any particular religion or it's roots but be limited to basic morality in life. Religious instruction in particular faiths must be left to parents and the faiths concerned.
no, they should only teach about Christianity. everyone else must realise they are guests in the UK and behave
No only the Politicians like Mayor Mr. Khan, Police, Security Services and the Home office can Stop extremism. Most Lay People cant even differentiate between different communities.
Signs and education about the impact on individuals as well as victims are important to allow people to recognise when a problem might be developing and what actions to take.
We must get rid of khan crime and everything nasty is rising alarmingly so under his watch
Can you make the link between government cuts to the police and rising crime? Sidiq Khan has no say over police budgets at all, that is the responsibilty of the government.
Then I suggest you use your vote in the next Mayoral Election and stop spouting your very own imbeciic nastiness.
kahn crime.. yes, I like that.. crimes carried out by 2nd generation imigrants unable to speak English properly
The Uk is the 6th biggest exporter of arms on the planet. Helping to blow up foreigners is likely to create terrorists who hate the UK.
Very well said.
all of us have a responsibility to try & reduce extremism & radicalisation and to work against terrorism of any kind not just in london but everywhere. I would like more info/advice on what to look for & where to report any info
As H. G. Wells said, "Our true nationality is Mankind".
Tolerance is the key, but people who indulge in these acts don't feel it applies to them. There should be billboards everywhere with phone numbers etc to advise people whom to contact if they have concerns with regard to these issues and anonymity should be respected.
The greatest evil in society is the average pleb or those that impose democracy of the most stupid 51%
The greatest evil in society is those who think their views are better than everybody else's. We all need to learn to compromise. Democracy is not only about having the vote. It is also about learning to respect the result and to respect those people who think and vote in a different way from ourselves.
It is this very denegration of "the other" amongst ourselves that ultimately leads to extremism.
I volunteer at a social activity for older people. Politics comes up every now and then. Imagine if I started calling half of them "stupid"?
exactly what I mean.
The most stupid 51% are the most opinionated and fascist
By stupid I mean anyone who uses emotion over logic which is increasingly prevalent, though thankfully younger people are less afflicted and can take a smack of reality
Thanks everyone for taking part in this discussion.
Do you think extremism and radicalisation is something that can be prevented? Or should this simply be policed?
Is prevention of the issue as important as policing the issue?
London is now and has been for a long time, a diverse and inclusive city. However I am seeing an increase in xenophobic rhetoric and it's stoked by the media and divisive politics. Playing on the fear of 'the other' is one of the factors that increases hate crime and political rhetoric that uses this merely emboldens those would would otherwise not act. We need civility back
Many people believe Islam is most at risk of terrorist or extremist activity. Any place of public worship with a serious drug problem is at risk of this violent behaviour because it is usually associated with weapons and demands for money with menaces.Schools have knife arches and a dedicated police presence and these measures may eventually be adopted by places of public interest such as museums, churches, theatres. We will all have to accept some restrictions and heightened security in the interests of safety. Airports are not the only venues for drug dealing.
Fair communication panels and security
Thank you for your comment. Could you expand on this please?
hate crimes and extremism are totally different and should not be considered together
Hi Julesandlola. Thanks for sharing your views.
How would you define hate crime and extremism?
Do you think extremism and radicalisation is something that can be prevented? Or should this simply be policed? Is prevention as important as policing the issue?