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Theresa May’s speech: tackling the extremists, not just the terrorists

The Home Secretary's speech marked a shift away from hard counter-terrorism towards a softer counter-extremism

By Jonathan Russell  

Theresa May, one half of a coalition row over how to tackle jihadism. © Isabel Infantes/EMPICS Entertainment

The reports of Theresa May’s speech at the Conservative Party conference will inevitably focus on the counter-terrorism commitments made as part of the party’s 2015 election manifesto. This is understandable, but it is also clear that there was a crucial shift in May’s rhetoric from promoting hard counter-terrorism measures to supporting soft counter-extremism measures. Extremists and terrorists share an ideology but differ in…

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