Today the government and Home Secretary Amber Rudd ( who only held her seat by 346 votes) tried to bury a damming report into the state of terrorist funding within the UK. Rudd published a 430-word summary of the report, with a focus on extreme Islamist groups receiving the majority of their funding from UK-based individual donors.
This just is simply not good enough. Further information is being blocked due to ‘national security issues’ and smacks of a cover up. This government and previous government are to focused on Saudi oil that they will sell their soul and be dammed with the consequences.
The UK should have energy security from the North Sea Oil reserves however this oil and the financial gains from it have been squandered, and to compound it, funding for alternate sources and green technology has been slashed.
This leads to the conclusion that the report is being suppressed to protect this government’s trade and diplomatic priorities, including in relation to Saudi Arabia, as outlined by Dianne Abbott.
“The Government’s refusal to publish this report, and this utterly vague statement, are completely unacceptable. The statement gives absolutely no clue as to which countries foreign funding for extremism originates from – leaving the Government open to further allegations of refusing to expose the role of Saudi Arabian money in terrorism in the UK.
The Government accept that foreign funding is a significant source of income for some extremist groups here in Britain – but they won’t say in public where that money is coming from. It’s not good enough to simply let Privy councillors see this report – because such a rule excludes party leaders like myself who are trying to hold this Government to account on this issue and shine a spotlight on the deep complicity between Whitehall and Riyadh.”
Caroline Lucas of the Green party.
The Government is hoping that by publishing a vague outline the problem will go away. However more and more of the UK population are waking up the idea that Foreign policy does have impact on terrorism within the UK and the Government seems to have a staggering lack of will to deal with the problems.