Extremism and British values
David Anderson is wrong. The only way extremism can be defined is in relation to Britain’s historic national values such as parliamentary democracy and sovereignty, one law applying equally to all people and enforced by an independent judiciary, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of the press.
These values have evolved over many centuries and become embedded in our national institutions.
The threat of those holding conservative religious views being unfairly targeted comes from attempts by social liberals to hijack British values and replace them with their own sectarian values.
Such attempts themselves undermine our national values such as freedom of religion – the existence of which has been one of the principal reasons that victims of religious persecution overseas have sought refuge in our country for the last four centuries.
Dr Martin Parsons