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In-depth research and reporting on the stories outside the Overton window. I am a journalist-filmmaker based in London. I source news and supply video to News Outlets and TV companies. This site is for my stories that have yet to be commissioned or deemed unsuitable/radical for use.
My journey began in 2015, I set out to make a documentary about the increasing risk of extremism in the UK. The Daily Mail was predicting a “Summer of Thuggery”.
Britain is in deep Austerity,  London is in the middle of a housing crisis. Rising house prices and rent and a lack of housing means people are finding new ways of living. I find a boat to live on and based myself around Tottenham, the area where the 2011 London riots kicked off.
The Guardian is reporting conditions are worse now than before 2011.
The British government had just announced their new counter-extremism strategy, it produces more questions than it answers. It leaves an uneasiness as the public are still coming to terms with the Snowden Leaks.
The Five Eyes, often abbreviated as FVEY, is an intelligence alliance including NSA and GCHQ and now is said to have an alliance with 50 counties and circumvents laws of domestic spying Laws by sharing data with foreign allies. Theresa May’s announcement was concerningly vague when it came to the core principle of the Law. How do you define a domestic extremist?
“The 2015 bill, when it was released. The bill reveals that the Government, in order to protect the public, the political will exists to change laws that infringe on our basic civil liberties. .”

Initial thoughts and criticisms 

In this video, John Humphries pushes Theresa May the then Home Secretary on the definitions of Extremism. Her inability to answer clearly means the British public will have to wait until October when the bill is released.
“We already have a wealth of laws to fight incitement to violence. Rather than making us safer, the counter-extremism bill would alienate, discriminate and divide our communities, all while curbing our freedom – a core British value that’s fundamental to our democracy and to the fight against those who want to destroy it.”
The bill reveals that the Government, in order to protect the public, the political will exists to change laws that infringe on our basic civil liberties.
Does it also reveal a flaw in the foundational principle of Liberal democracy, an inherent flaw that in order to protect society from anti-liberal ideologies itself must act illiberally, and therefore undermine its own core principles?
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