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Boris Johnson: Children at risk of radicalisation should be in care

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ReallyTired Mon 03-Mar-14 11:41:39

I can see where he is coming from, but surely such a policy would have an unacceptable risk of racism. Who is able to decide what is islamic radicalism? It would be utterly ahorrant to take a child into care just because you don't agree with the family's relgious beliefs.

Surely there can't be many fanatical muslim parents who are actually training their children up to be suicide bombers. Surely such radicalism is more likely to happen at university or in prison when the young person is lonely or vunerable.

columngollum Mon 03-Mar-14 11:51:15

There may be lots of such parents or not many. But that's not the point. There may be parents encouraging their children to drink drive and to steal too. But they're not being taken into care, are they? If the parents or the children actually do drink drive or steal then you can deal with them. But they're perfectly at liberty to discuss doing it.

Just because you don't like somebody or their views that doesn't entitle you to take their children away.

TheXxed Mon 03-Mar-14 11:57:19

What about parents who are racist and encourage racist attitudes?....... He does realise how unenforceable this is.

Boris is a reactionary populist wanker.

AngelaDaviesHair Mon 03-Mar-14 13:21:49

I like the way he blithely assumes it is the parents doing the radicalising, not random foreign based nutters on the Interweb, or peers at school/work and what have you.

There seem to have been more tragedies with frightened parents losing their children to indoctrination than there have been extremist parents brainwashing their kids, but let's not let that get in the way of a bit of scare-mongering.

Isitmebut Mon 03-Mar-14 15:05:19

If social services have trouble identifying battered and bruised children, they are unlikely to work out a child is at threat from radicalised influences unless the parents are chanting 'death to all infidels' when the social worker arrives...and even then....

LoopyDoopyDoo Mon 03-Mar-14 15:10:19

Just Muslim radicals, not Irish/creationist/NeoNazi/whatever else

telsa Wed 05-Mar-14 10:25:26

ad of nonsense- where is the evidence. And will I get a knock on the door for being a radical lefty??

columngollum Wed 05-Mar-14 12:32:52

I thought the way it works (in the proper system) is you take the kids away and then you argue about the evidence (and in some cases give the kids back, quietly.)

ttosca Wed 05-Mar-14 20:17:23

The Dailymash has a good take on this:

Boris unveils latest obvious solution

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