Saturday 16 December 2017

'Vogue Williams now adds Counterterrorism Expert to her CV' - model and presenter faces backlash after calling for internment of Muslim extremists

Vogue Williams on RTE's Cutting Edge
Vogue Williams on RTE's Cutting Edge
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Vogue Williams is facing backlash online after calling for internment in her column for a Sunday newspaper.

The model and TV presenter wrote about the UK government's Commission for Countering Extremism and what measures could be taken to prevent terror attacks in the UK.

"Powers to ban British jihadis from returning to the UK have been used for the first time and I fully agree with that," she wrote in her Sunday World colum.

"Anyone who leaves Britain and Ireland to fight alongside ISIS can stay out.  I don't care what age or what their circumstances are."

She added that it's "tough luck" if they then change their mind and want to return home and said she has "no sympathy".

She referenced Muslim former police chief Tarique Ghaffur who suggested internment camps for radical extremists were the answer to the issue.

"This is something that should be decided by the people but I certainly agree with it," she wrote. "The only way to stop these senseless attacks is to put any potential threats away."

While she conceded it "didn't work" in Northern Ireland, she still advocated for internment today.

"I know it didn't work with the internment of IRA members in Northern Ireland when 2000 alleged paramilitaries were held without trial in makeshift camps," she continued.

"But in today's case the terrorists cannot be negotiated with.  They want to ruin the western world and they will stop at nothing to do this, so we need to have the same approach with them."

Reaction to Vogue's column on Twitter was overwhelmingly negative.

Vogue has reportedly quit social media over a different issue.  Speaking to the Herald's Dubliners' Diary today she said she left social media after RTE 2fm discussed the fact her boyfriend Spencer Matthews had not immediately replied to a post in which she said she missed him while on holiday in Spain.

"I found myself getting annoyed after I logged on this week while I was enjoying a break in Spain," she said.  "It was my friend Johanna's wedding in Marbella and I had a brilliant time celebrating with her and her family.

"While I was there I casually posted a picture of Spencer, just because I was missing him.  But the next day 2fm were discussing the fact that he didn't respond!

"I mean, seriously, how is that news?  I feel like I can't win sometimes and there's negativity attached to anything I post online." has reached out to Vogue for comment.

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