Despite an impassioned newspaper article this morning calling on Britain to face up to the threat of Isis, David Cameron has been criticised for lacking a coherent strategy on tackling Islamic extremism.
In an open letter to the prime minister, Bishop of Leeds, Right Rev Nicholas Baines accused him of failing to respond to the rise of extremist groups around the world.
We do not seem to have a coherent or comprehensive approach to Islamist extremism as it is developing across the globe.
Islamic State, Boko Haram and other groups represent particular manifestations of a global phenomenon, and it is not clear what our broader global strategy is .
It appears that, in common with the United States and other partners, the UK is responding to events in a reactive way, and it is difficult to discern the strategic intentions behind this approach.
As yet, there appears to have been no response to pleas for asylum provision to be made for those Christians (and other minorities) needing sanctuary from Iraq in the UK.
The French and German governments have already made provision, but there has so far been only silence from the UK Government.
- Right Rev Nicholas Baines (The Bishop of Leeds)