Terrorists and being Strong and Stable

So Mrs May is still clinging on to power as our strong and stable Prime Minister. During the election campaign she tragically had to make comment on two Terrorist attacks, one in Manchester and one in London. Her rhetoric was that only she could be ‘strong and stable’ on terrorism and when Mr Corbyn had the audacity to question whether our foreign policy my have an impact the very walls shook with outrage and accusations of terrorist sympathiser and appeaser.

Since the election several things have changed the debate. Obviously bunging the DUP a billion quid from the magic money tree took some of the heat out of the alleged IRA links that Mr Corbyn was supposed to have. But now even more salient on the discussion is the release of a Home office statement. Caroline Lucas MP for Brighton Pavillion submitted a request to the Home Office asking if the Report on funding extremist funding in the UK was going to be placed in the public domain.

This is their statement:

The review into the funding of Islamist extremism in the UK was commissioned by the former Prime Minister and reported to the Home Secretary and the Prime Minister in 2016. The review has improved the Government’s understanding of the nature, scale and sources of funding for Islamist extremism in the UK. Publication of the review is a decision for the Prime Minister.

So Lucas then wrote to the Prime Minister. Who said she was considering advice on what is able to be published and will report to parliament with an update in due course.

So the Prime minister has a report about the funding of islamic terrorism in the UK that she doesnt want you or I to see? Interesting..

Could this be because the report lays bare the soures of the majority of terrorist activity in the UK comes from our really good friends the Saudis?

As WikiLeaks revealed in a leaked cable, the US government privately admitted that “donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide”. WikiLeaks also published a cable that showed Hillary Clinton believed the Saudi government was giving “clandestine financial and logistic support” to Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) and other extremist groups as early as 2014.

Now Amber Rudd and Boris Johnson have both rushed to the defence of the Saudis. They struggled to say the least. After all the UK has approved £3.5 billion in arms sales to the Saudis and Tory MP’s have received thousands of pounds in gifts and trips from the Saudi Government.

It would seem obvious to me at least that this report carrying as it does research into bombings and deaths in this country by Islami extremists would be something the Government would want to be in the public domain so we can address these issues after all one way to stop a terror campaign is to starve it of funds. But no apparently it is considered too dangerous for us proles to see this kind of information.

The Labour Party has vowed to get serious about terrorist funding and has made no secret of its distrust of the Saudis on this matter, If as it is thought, the Saudis are funding and equipping terrorists in the UK does that make any casualties the result of ‘friendly fire’?

Peter McFadyen


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