I remember when late Lawrence Auster used to call Britain the dead island and I always thought he exaggerated, but, of course, it was about 12 years ago:
Several of the UK’s most respected TV shows, movies, and works of literature have been included in a list of works that could potentially encourage far-right sympathies, compiled by the taxpayer-funded and government-led ‘Prevent’ counter-terrorism program.
Reading Shakespeare will turn you extremist, possibly a new Hitler:
As The Daily Mail reports, works by some of the world’s greatest writers were included as examples of warning signs of potential extremism, including Shakespeare, Chaucer, Milton, Tennyson, Orwell, Huxley, Kipling and Edmund Burke.
Of course, many will be inclined to just shrug it off as one more example of government stupidity, but the things are much more serious than you think:
Prevent is a key part of the UK's counter-terrorism strategy as a means to safeguard against "vulnerable people being drawn into criminal behavior".
In practical terms, it places public bodies, including schools and the police, under a legal duty to identify people who may turn to extremism, and intervene in their lives before it is too late.
Tolkien, by the way, was also included:
The taxpayer-funded document included references to The Lord Of The Rings by JRR Tolkien...
Will the possession of LOTR put you on a terrorist watch list? In the country where they arrest folks for thoughts in their heads, who can tell?