David Cameron’s “strategy to beat Islamic extremism” started off well today, then. He said the UK needed to “de-glamorise” the extremist ideology and conspiracy theories used by groups such as IS. Well, it is very glamorous, isn’t it? Burning people alive, beheadings, the mass rape of schoolgirls, drowning people in cages. No wonder young people from all over the world are signing up to ISIS. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?

And what a hard-hitting strategy it is. Just look at the proposals:

Enable the communications watchdog Ofcom to clamp down on foreign TV channels broadcasting extremist messages

“Incentivise” schools to become more integrated

Demand that internet service providers do more to remove extremist material and identify those responsible for it

Overhaul the strategy to tackle extremism in prisons

Consult on introducing lifetime anonymity for the victims of forced marriages

Create a new review by civil servant Louise Casey into boosting opportunity and integration for minority groups

Urge universities to do more to challenge the views of extremist speakers they choose to give a platform to

Set up a new engagement forum

Launch a study looking at how extremism spreads

I’m certainly not against the government taking action against Islamic fascism but I am not too sure whether Cameron’s shopping list of proposals changes anything. Most of it seems to revolve around reviews, urging people, forums, studies, demands, overhauling strategies and more clamping down and when I hear the term “clamping down” I shudder, because historically a clampdown or a crackdown means no such thing. When Cameron introduced a crackdown on benefit fraud, it basically involved asking staff sending out some forms to benefit claimants. This doesn’t appear to be any more substantial.

The one thing that leaps out at me is the bit about how he wants to “incentivise schools to be more integrated”. Well, how do you do that, then, Dave? By setting up even more religious schools, in particular islamic schools, perhaps? The point is that if we allow, and in the case of free schools actively encourage, separatism on religious grounds, then how can you encourage the same schools to be more integrated? The first thing I would do, in the unlikely event I was appointed Secretary of State for Education, would be to scrap all “faith” schools. Not just muslim, sikh, jewish schools – all religious schools full stop. And let’s be very controversial, shall we? The first language in all British state schools should be English.

Predictably, Labour rent-a-quote Keith Vaz had a view too: “The government needed to engage with the Muslim communities”. The what? That, by its very definition sums up what’s going on here. There is no atheist community where I live, or a secularist community. It’s just a community in which lots of different people live, some of one religion, some of another, many more of none at all. “The Muslim community?” We keep hearing about “community leaders”. Who elected them? Why, of course no one did, so does Vaz want the government to “engage” with self-appointed “community leaders” and if so, why? I have no objections to people living in this country and practising their religions as long as they don’t get in the way of anyone else. The government under Cameron is forever telling us about the “difficult decisions” it has to make. Well, turning this into a secular country, where no religion has any kind of privilege, but is free to exist and co-exist with other religions – that’s an easy decision, Dave. But neither you, nor any other political leader, has the bottle to do the right thing.

According to the BBC, “The government is expected to set out a wider counter-extremism strategy later this year which will include more legislation”. Let’s hope it’s more substantial than Cameron’s shopping list strategy of today. Sir Humphrey Appleby couldn’t have done it better.