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Terrorism and Treason Acts: Awareness

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:00 pm on 1st November 2001.

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Photo of Lord McNally Lord McNally Liberal Democrat 3:00 pm, 1st November 2001

My Lords, would it not be wise for Ministers to follow the advice of Professor Sir Michael Howard, who suggests that as well as keeping our nerve at this time we keep our head? The concept of the enemy within is a very old one in conflicts. After all, our own Royal Family had to change its name during the First World War because of anti-German feeling. Would it not be better to concentrate not on these fringe and lunatic groups but, following the Home Secretary's initiative, on teaching citizenship and concepts of loyalty to the United Kingdom to our minority populations, and getting minority leadership involved in such a programme?