The Tyranny of Political Correctness

The extremist group Islam4UK has finally been banned under anti-terrorism laws.  While I’m elated that it is now a criminal offence to belong to the organization that seeks to turn Britain into an Islamic state and introduce Sharia law, the question must be asked: why didn’t the government act sooner?      The catalyst for the ban was Islam4UK’s proposed march through Wootton Bassett, the Wiltshire town where Brits of all backgrounds gather to pay tribute to fallen British soldiers.  The planned demonstration was widely condemned by many sectors of British society and spawned greater public awareness of Islam4UK.  It was reported for example, that the group’s founder, Anjem Choudary receives £25,000 a year in benefits from British taxpayers – money which he claims ‘belongs to Allah’. 

     It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that media attention effectively embarrassed the government into acting.  The Home Secretary claimed that Islam4UK had avoided being banned earlier because it keeps changing its name (the group sprang up after its parent organization, al-Muhajiroun, was outlawed).  But in my view, this excuse doesn’t hold water.  The authorities are well aware of what Anjem Choudary and his fellow radicals get up to.  Islam4UK should have been banned the second it posted a webpage.  We’re lucky it was a publicity stunt and not a terrorist incident that focused attention on the group. 

     Why did the government hold back?  Was it fearful of being branded racist and anti-Islamic?  We do after all live in an era where the tyranny of political correctness has silenced reasonable voices and protected those who would destroy the values which make this country great.  It’s high time it ended.

     There is a huge difference between disagreeing with government policy and hating all that is British.  If Anjem Choudary and his followers want to live in an Islamic state, they should apply for residency in one.  If they hold a second passport for an Islamic state, they should surrender their British passport and go. Finally, to dissuade foreign radicals from coming to this country to siphon benefits while they spread their message of hate, I propose the following: any foreign adult who wishes to receive a British passport should be made to surrender all others.  A UK passport should be a privilege; not a convenience.

     Before the PC police have a go at me, let me say that I am proud to live in multi-cultural Britain.  The fact that so many people from different backgrounds have learned to live together peacefully here is testament to this country’s strength.  Tolerance is undoubtedly one of our greatest values; hence why the government should act swiftly when radicals try to abuse it.  If people are going to enjoy the benefits this society has to offer, including the right to free speech and assembly, they should be made to uphold British laws and values – not be excused while they attempt to overthrow them.

Published by: bobshepherdauthor

Bestselling author Bob Shepherd has spent nearly forty years operating in conflict areas around the world. A twenty year veteran of Britain’s elite 22 SAS Regiment with nearly two decades of private security work to his credit, Bob has successfully negotiated some of the most dangerous places on earth as a special forces soldier and a private citizen. Bob comments regularly on security issues and has appeared on CNN International, BBC, SKY News, and BBC Radio. He has also authored numerous articles and books including the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller The Circuit. In addition to writing and lecturing, Bob continues to advise individuals operating in hostile environments. For more of his insights on security and geopolitics visit

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2 thoughts on “The Tyranny of Political Correctness”

  1. Bravo, how could any reasonable, free thinking adult disagree with your comments. Perhaps it’s time to accept that, despite our best efforts, not all people residing in tolerant and diverse societies are capable of embracing those values. Radical Islamists freely admit a desire to irradicate infidels, and racism at that level should never be tolerated, nor should it be condoned through inaction.
    I can hazard a guess how long I’d last if I moved to a Muslim country and attempted to established a radical infidel group! Sometimes good people must take a stand against evil. Well done U.K..

  2. You are absolutley right. I live in uk since 2008 and i love this country. I feel sick when i see people that come here , take all the advantages that the country is offering and in return they are plotting to destroy it. I work hard every day , i pay my taxes and i would never even consider living on benefits in a country apart from my own.
    ( I love ” The circuit ” . Hope you will go on the market with a new book soon!)

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