Douglas Murray

A British policeman shouldn’t take orders from a radical Islamist preacher

A British policeman shouldn't take orders from a radical Islamist preacher
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Each year Anjem Choudary earns more in benefits than a soldier does starting off in our armed forces. This is a fact I never tire of pointing out – especially to Anjem’s face whenever we have the misfortune to meet. The follow-on point, which I think also worth continuing to make, is that there is something suicidal about a society that rewards its enemies better than it does its defenders.

Choudary and his family rake in around £25,000 each year  and - as you can see from this newly-released video above  – we taxpayers now get even more for our money than we had previously thought.  For now we do not only pay this ‘cleric’ to insult our troops and associate with those who kill them, we also pay for him to insult British policemen who support British soldiers who have been wounded.  The video shows the qualified solicitor turned benefits-scrounger questioning a policeman about why the policeman dares to wear a ‘Help for Heroes’ wrist-band.

Anybody who watches the video can have no doubt over who has the upper hand in the exchange. Choudary is supremely confident, even getting his followers to video the encounter.  The policeman, meanwhile, understandably seems to want to avoid any trouble. It appears that later on the policeman took the wrist-band off.  I can only imagine what someone serving in the police-force must think about the topsy-turvy society in which we now live - where policemen are constantly to blame and must now even take dictation from radical Muslims.

Over the years I have pondered many possible ways to deal with Anjem Choudary.  There is, for instance, no moral reason I can think of why the British government could not give him back his confiscated passport and allow him to travel to the ‘Islamic State’, even at the risk of hearing news of his execution as a spy a few hours after crossing the Syrian border. Our society would be significantly better off without him, and none but his immediate family could possibly miss him.

However, I recognise that this is a fantasy and that many European laws and human rights groups have been put in place precisely to prevent such a clear course of action. But is it too much to ask that we at least draw-down Choudary’s benefits payments?  Or simply stop paying welfare to people who are trying to destroy our society?