If you express opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs you are, according to the UK Government, an extremist.
It is quite hard to understand what fundamental British values are. After all, the nation of these islands enslaved conquered and subjugated more than half the world. When the peoples so subjugated rose to seek their freedom, they were ruthless oppressed and branded as terrorists and extremists. Of course, between 1945 and about 1970 Britain was forced to relinquish most of its empire by so called extremists. Since doing so Britain has still sought retain power and “influence” in the world, as though it is understood by everyone in the world except terrorists that Britain exercising power is a good thing.
I do not think that Britain has been any better or any worse than any other major nation in modern times when it comes to its values. I do think that to invest Britain with some special fundamental values is nonsense. British values are no better that Greek values, American values, German Values, Czech values, Russian values or Chinese values. These values of all nations are very much those of the parson’s egg – good in parts but overall rather rotten.
People should be allowed to express opposition to fundamental British values, rather like I have done in this essay without being called an extremist.
We should bear in mind that values we now consider virtuous, like democracy, the rule of law, liberty and religious tolerance have arisen as a result of vocal and active extremism. Were it not for extremists we would be ruled by an absolute monarch, such as Henry VIII who murdered his wives and friends and reigned by virtue of his terrorism.