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The General Manager of the National Security Council and the General Manager of the Department of Defense address the recent speech by Michael Gove, the General Manager of the National Security Council, and the upcoming election. They emphasize the need for freedom of speech and emphasize the potential risks of extremist extremist groups. The speakers express concern about the definition of extremism and its potential for political pressure and hold groups who disagree with it to hold them down.

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Good evening. Well, Michael Gove today laying out a new definition of what is extremism. Let's hear what he had to say in the House of Commons earlier on today. The proposed definition will hold that extremism is the promotion or advancement of an ideology based on violence, hatred or intolerance, that aims to negate or destroy the fundamental fundamental rights and freedoms of others, or undermine overturn or replace the UK system of liberal parliamentary democracy and democratic rights or intentionally create a permissive environment for others to achieve these results.

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Well, I understand you know, that organizations, whether they're extreme right, or Islamist, that are receiving government money shouldn't receive government money if they're spreading hatred, and extremism. That's the one part perhaps, of this new definition that I agree with. But my concern is, could this be open to abuse and what I think about it, you know, if you attempt to undermine overturn or replace the UK system of liberal parliamentary democracy, what you could be branded and extremist. And whilst that wouldn't make you a criminal, because this will not go into law that the police are going to enforce it would take you out of public life? Well, I was elected 25 years ago,

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to the European Parliament on a ticket that said we should leave the European Union, my first day there. So Stephen wall, he was the representative for the foreign office in the European Union, came to my office sat with the three of us, from you, Kip that have been elected and said, gentleman, what are your intentions, it was clear, he thought we were an extremist terrorist group. And that's the worry with all of this. Even if you create a permissive environment for others, to achieve the result of undermining democracy, or fundamental rights, I mean, that could mean that you perhaps couldn't debate many issues on GB news, if some took those arguments, and went too far with them. So

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my concern with all of this is that I think it has the potential to be abused by governments that want to shut down debate on issues that they don't like I think it is, we were told the new definition would be less wooly. And yet, from what I can say, it's completely and utterly open ended.

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I'm sure that everybody on all sides of the political debate will argue that they're being victimized. But I think this is open genuinely to a shutting down of free speech, maybe not by this government, but who knows what may come in the course of the following year. So tell me what you think. Is it open to abuse? I'd love to get your views please Faraj at GB news.com.

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Now one member of parliament who was subjected to extremism, intolerable behavior was of course Tobias Elwood, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Bournemouth east where a mob of 100 people for several hours turned up outside his house, shouting and chanting, pretty hate filled messages to us. Welcome back on the program. Two things really, one, I'd like to know what you think of this definition and whether you share my reservations about how it might be used in the future. And secondly, I don't think this definition actually helps MPs like you would stop people gathering outside your house.

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Well, firstly, good evening. And interestingly, speaking about the European Union, you should reflecting back on that going down memory lane, you and I agree on many things. And we both know that you and I disagree on many things, but we do it in a way that allows us to disagree in a form that allows debate to continue. I don't hate you for what you believe in. You don't hate me. We the art of disagreeing remains strong between us. And that's so important. But that's not the case and what we've seen over the last three or four months, and that's why there's this question that's being raised, bigger question, fundamental question about who we are, what we stand for what it

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means to be British and to live here, what binds us together. And how do we defend our open and tolerant way of life, our liberal parliamentary democracies as Michael Gove was just speaking about. And since those deadly attacks by Hamas, on the seventh of October, tensions between communities within communities have been rising here. We've seen rise in anti Muslim and anti semitism and hatred, even the business to Parliament has been affected. And as you just touched on, MPs have been targeted as well. It's led to that big speech by the Prime Minister outside Downing Street on the first of March where he wants to address the spread of hate and division. And of course, Michael

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goes speech today. So that has a security implication. That's what it's about. Because there is these extremist groups that freedom of expression is being suppressed actually, hatred is promoted. And in the worst cases, the worst case is young. Those with a stand under

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standing of the crown are recruited, radicalized often online to carry out deadly terrorist attacks here in the UK. So I would not want to see people like yourselves ever gagged in any sense. But I hope you would agree there's also responsible use of freedom of speech. That's something that we need to recognize to us. I absolutely agree with that. But the question is, does what is stated here? Does it do the job?

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I think this is a an evolving conversation. And the fact that we're talking about it, nobody is on this list yet is the has been put forward by Michael Gove very interesting to see Labour's response as well today. They didn't condemn it in any way, they largely agreed with it. I think this is an evolving conversation, we've gone through this very, very difficult period. And we have big questions to answer. I never thought that we'd see legislation required to protect war memorials, because nobody had ever challenged them before. We're now starting to do that. Because those behaviors norms are being tested in all court forms of, of our society. And so important, then,

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therefore, we debate these things properly, and as a nation, decide what is right and what is wrong. Okay, Tobias, thank you very much. Indeed, an evolving conversation is the view of Tobias Ellwood. I'm joined in the studio by Abdullah Al Andalusi, the co founder of the Muslim debate initiative. Welcome to the program and Toby young, the General Secretary of the Free Speech union.

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There are some that say that this definition that Michael Gove put out today is aimed at Muslim groups. Do you believe that to be the case or not? I think it was spurred on by the the pro Palestine protests that yeah, so mine did a ceasefire against the massacre and plausibly a genocide against

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many would disagree with that. iCj review into the preview by the new but the issue is this that everyone seems to have a short memory people don't remember the Countryside Alliance and the the foxhunting demonstrations that ran riot in Parliament Square, they actually burst into parliament. At one point, Simon Hart organized public harassment campaigns of the MPs and guess what his his position now he's now chief whip on the Rishi Sunak. So the Conservative Party has no problem with rallying the mob and using mob potential harassment of MPs as all part of democracy. But when it comes to movements,

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why was that true? I was there Sure. On the countryside, man, no doubt.

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You can read as you like, that's fine. I was there. I was there on the countryside, march 406,000 of us marched through London, there wasn't a single arrest. There was no disorder. There wasn't even a piece of litter left behind and the difference here and yes, that I was involved in this. Not that I haven't but I believe in people having the freedom to do within reason what they want. The difference is the lobbying of those members of parliament wasn't intimidatory. What happened in Parliament Square, the day that the SNP resolution was due to be debated, is MPs were frightened to leave the building. So you denying that there was no right and palm square to the fact that I was.

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It was Paul, I was on the call. And that was actually called public harassment campaigns. If I was there on that day, I was there on the big March. But we're not talking about when we're talking about the record, you can check out if any group bursts in and behaves badly and threatens or intimidates, it should be, of course, the law should be enforced by already my question to you already happened. My question to you is do you think this definition of extremism is helpful or not? No, it's if you brand something, which is to do with people's beliefs, that is not about inciting violence, then this is for policing. And in the modern world, I often say that the term extremism,

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which is unhelpful term, at least the Americans have the wherewithal to say, countering violent extremism, not just extremism, but using the term extremism today is like a is the modern secular version of denouncing heresy and heretics. It's done. No, I get the point. It is dangerous. Yeah. And it depends on how it's used. And I agree with you on that point. Toby young, free speech union.

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I'm really worried about this. I mean, I I do actually take our dollars point that people are perfectly entitled to their opinions. They're perfectly entitled to let their elected representatives know those opinions. It's a question whether it's done with intimidation, isn't it? Yes. And clearly this definition of extremism.

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It doesn't just encompass people who we currently think of I think as extremists and who might be captured by the criminal law. It's below the criminal law thresholds that falls into the legal harmful gray area which is something as a free speech lobbyist. I'm obviously

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suspicious of I mean, I think the starting point and I think I disagree with Abdullah here is that we do have a problem with Islamic extremism in this country. We see it in our city centers every Saturday. I'm not saying everyone on the pro Palestinian point, do we have a problem with it? How is demonstrating to stop the massacre of civilians in Gaza? Anything to do with extremism? I think I think I think we'll go beyond it's a race, not everyone, or most protests could conceivably be designated as extremist. But there are some extremists on those protests. So the people were not extremists on the jacket, may well be true carrying jihadi flags. But if there are people that

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genuinely are extremists, the flags are inciting bad, bad behavior that we need to know about and the police for arrest them. There's already existing legislation that that will stop defacing of cenotaphs that will stop people from inciting violence and fighting racism that already exists. And they don't need what, in some ways, maybe the data that points right. Do we need this definition? Well, Mike, Mike, I've got I've got a sort of broad concern. And then a precise concern. My broad concern is I'm not sure that there is a robust evidence based to suggest that if you define certain groups as extremist, and you prevent them from participating in public life, which is essentially

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the strategy here, that that will actually counter extremism. It hasn't worked very effectively. Before. In some cases, people can claim look, I'm on a banned list. I'm an extremist, according to the Tory government that could actually enhance their appeal and make them more attractive, not less attractive to vulnerable young men in danger of radicalization. So that's my broad concern. I'm not sure this works as a strategy for countering extremism. My more precise concern, and this is probably where we agree up to is that the definition I mean, the government can't come up with a definition that just captures Islamic extremists, but nobody else that could be too easily

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challenged. And the government clearly thinks it's not just a problem with Islamic extremists. There are some far right extremists, we should be worried about to the point to Nick Griffin's endorsement of George Galloway, etc. But the problem is when they try and come up with a broader, more universal definition of extremism, it then the risk is it's going to capture groups that none of us would want to see banned from participation, no.

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Critical worry the worry with this, as to which groups are going to be deemed to be extremist or perhaps which individuals will be deemed as its civil servants that will make the decision and that worries me as well. Final thought, I think there's one organization that should be deemed to be extreme. They want to clamp down upon people's right to demonstrate and the whole point of demonstration is to give some kind of democratic pressure to politicians, the whole point of demonstrations, why what's the point of them wants to clamp down, it wants to discriminate on organizations, individuals based on their beliefs, which goes against the Human Rights Act, schedule

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one, which is what the D extremist definition is based upon, apparently, and this organization is the British government, they follow their own definition. I think that may be scratching it.

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But anyway, I mean, I could be a real trouble because there's an organization out there called Hope not hate, and they've just produced this state of hate 2024 report. And interestingly, they are indirectly funded significantly by government money and their report this year. My I mentioned 56 times more than any other individual GPUs is mentioned page after page. And that's the other problem, isn't it? You know, that. Actually, if you're not careful, you start to use the cover, and the use of this word hate as a means of saying that, frankly, anyone who disagree with such should simply be shut down. There are great risks to this. I think this is open to abuse. I'd rather sense

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that differing sides of this debate actually agree on some points. We have laws in place in this country. You know, the police's job is to enforce them. Many feel they've not been doing their job very, very well. I don't think this is helpful in any way at all. Mr. Gove. I don't think it's open to abuse. Get your views after the break.