Extremists Numbers Increasing?

November 10, 2008

A leaked government intelligence report notes that there are ‘thousands’ of extremists active in the UK ‘principally engaged in spreading their extremist message, training, fund raising and procuring non-lethal military equipment to support the Jihads in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq, and sending recruits to the conflicts.’

This document re-confirms the fact that the ideological message of Islamist groups such as Al Qaeda is having an effect on young men living in this country to such an extent that they are prepared to indiscriminately kill as many people as possible. Often Muslims cite the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as the main reasons why they think some Muslim men are attracted to extremism. While these reasons may be contributing factors, Muslims need to accept that there is an overriding ideological reason as espoused by Al Qaeda and its like whose followers believe in the indiscriminate killing of people as a way of furthering their cause. This ideology whose supporters we have recently seen in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan and other African and Middle Eastern states has no qualms about killing Muslims if they are seen to support the West let alone non-Muslims. This extremist ideology is spread using the Internet, university campuses, small study circles and other similar methods to brainwash young men into believing this ideology is the only way forward and must be followed.

Muslims in this country need to be vigilant especially parents of teenagers to ensure young men who may be angry at world events do not allow this anger to be channeled towards a path of destruction by extremists who are extremely professional and dedicated to their cause. Blaming foreign policy is not an answer, the Islamist ideology must be tackled head on.


Tax Cuts Are Coming

November 10, 2008

I mentioned here that it was likely the Chancellor was going to cut taxes using additional borrowing to fund the cuts. Gordon Brown has indicated today that details of tax cuts will be set out in the pre-budget report within the next few days with some analysts predicting a 1p cut in income tax. And there are also rumours that David Cameron will set out his position on tax cuts on Tuesday.

While both parties will pledge tax cuts, there is a marked difference in how they will be funded. Labour recklessly wants to increase borrowing to fund tax cuts which will mean exposing the economy to greater risks in future, as well as large tax rises once we are out of a recession. Brown probably doesn’t care about either. He wants to win the next election at all costs and any short term measure that helps him to do this will be pursued. If he loses the next election, he leaves the Tories straddled with huge debt. If he wins, he’ll stand down during the next term so he won’t be held to account later by the electorate.

The Conservative Party would seek to reduce taxes by making savings elsewhere which I suspect Brown would do if he wasn’t so far behind in the polls. Pursuing a policy of borrowing more money which has got the economy into such a mess is foolish to say the least. This will leave us with the ‘Tory Cuts v Labour Spending’ argument of the previous two elections. The argument then worked in Labour’s favour but it certainly won’t next time as people realise that it’s Labour and specifically Gordon Brown that has got us into this mess with reckless profligacy and a huge waste of public money.