A few weeks ago I wrote for Coffee House welcoming the Government’s decision to scrap
Prevent grants administered by local authorities. In that article, I cautioned that scrapping something should actually mean scrapping it, not just moving resources around. Today, the
TaxPayers’ Alliance has released research showing that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) also distribute funds through
Prevent. Again, money has gone to projects of questionable value in the fight against extremism, violent or non-violent.
One of the more dubious projects was a “mobile cinema for justice”. What’s worse is that it was administered by an American charity called the International Research and Exchanges