"We cannot get them for terrorism but I bet you they don’t pay their taxes."
I would attribute this move more to Saudi and UAE influence than Cameron's courage (apparently Qatar isn't running UK foreign policy just yet) but it's still miles from where we are.
While the UK proposes to crack down on the Brotherhood, nearly every American politician has taken the violent hate and terrorist group to its bosom.
After 9/11, US law enforcement began drilling into the Brotherhood. And then it all went away and the MB's front groups because the public face of Islam at every level and the civil rights project of every liberal. Now how are those liberals who spent the last few years sneering at Michele Bachmann, David Horowitz and Frank Gaffney for mentioning that the Brotherhood is a threat going to explain a British crackdown?
A senior source close to the inquiry said its report – compiled but not yet published – had identified “an incredibly complex web” of up to 60 organisations in Britain, including charities, think tanks and even television channels, with links to the Muslim Brotherhood, which will all now come under scrutiny.
The inquiry, aided by the security services, has also investigated its network abroad. One expert said that the Brotherhood was now operating from three major bases – London, Istanbul and Doha, the capital of Qatar
The Government crackdown will stop short of outlawing the Muslim Brotherhood but action is expected to include:
Þ Investigations into charities that are effectively “fronts” for the Brotherhood;
Þ Inquiries into funding of the organisation and links to jihadi groups abroad;
Þ Banning clerics linked to the group from countries such as Qatar and Turkey from coming to Britain for rallies and conferences.
The source said: “We cannot ban the organisation, but that was never the intention of the review. We can go after single individuals, not for terrorist-related activity, but through the Al Capone method of law-enforcement. We cannot get them for terrorism but I bet you they don’t pay their taxes.
"One of the big things is piling pressure on the charitable missions. Until now it has been very hard to monitor all the groups linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Which is to say that the Brotherhood's groups will start being treated like the EDL and while that doesn't sound like much, don't underestimate the problems that come when a nanny state dislikes you and actively looks for ways to nail you for something.
If nothing else it will make the UK an inconvenient base of operations for the Brotherhood, which is the real goal here.
Cameron isn't interested in destroying the Brotherhood. He just wants it to move an to an easier locale in Europe where they will become someone else's problem. Considering Qatar's growing influence in France, the answer may be quite nearby.