Tories, Jihadi Brides, Harrods, Exclusion Bullying and Battle Buses. A quick breakdown of the political thriller The Missing Activist.

” involv’s?Five Fast Facts about The Missing Activist. Fact 1: CCHQ  is the headquarters of the British Conservative Party. It houses central staff and committee members and maintains overall responsibility for targeting voters and seats, including shortlisting and finalising the selection of conservative candidates across the United Kingdom for local and national elections.[ It is also used as a phone bank for volunteers like Robin Miller and is featured in The Missing Activist.

What is CCHQ?

The headquarters of the British Conservative Party. It houses central staff and committee members and maintains overall responsibility for targeting voters and seats. In addition, it shortlists and finalises the selection of Tory candidates across the UK for both local and national elections. CCHQ operates a phone bank for volunteers like Robin Miller, and features in The Missing Activist.

Five Fast Facts about The Missing Activist. Fact 2: Harrods in Knightsbridge is the luxury department store where Karen Andersen’s nemesis Zinah al-Rashid meets her first recruit in The Missing Activist. It was set up as a one-room outlet in 1849 by Charles Harrod and today houses 330 and is owned by the state of Qatar.
Harrods

Key Fact 2. A  luxury department store in Knightsbridge, London. It’s where Karen Andersen’s nemesis Zinah al-Rashid meets her first Jihadi bride recruit in The Missing Activist. Charles Harrod began the world famous shop as a one-room outlet in 1849 but today Harrods houses 330. The State of Qatar owns it.

Five Fast Facts about The Missing Activist. Fact 3L British girls lured to Syria to become jihadi brides is one of the topics of The Missing Activist. when  PI Karen Andersen goes undercover to learn why so many have made the journey to join Isis. Studies done by RUSI  suggest the draws are many. They  include a rejection of Western feminism, peer influence, female romantic optimism and the chance to be part of something new, exciting and illicit
British Born Isis Brides

Fast Fact 3 In The Missing Activist, PI Karen Andersen goes undercover to learn why so many British girls journeyed to Syria to marry Jihadi fighters. Studies by RUSI suggest the draws include a rejection of Western feminism, peer influence, female romantic optimism and the chance to be part of something new, exciting and illicit.

 

The Battle Bus

The name given to a coach or vehicle used as both a method of transport and also a centre of operations. A major incident occurs aboard the BB in The Missing Activist.  In 2017 a scandal involving a busload of Tory activists threatened to overturn the government and stop Brexit when the party did not declare costs in their overall campaigning budget.

Five Fast Facts about The Missing Activist. Fact 5:Kurdaitcha (or kurdaitcha man) is a ritual "executioner" in the aboriginal culture who “points the bone” at a victim to expel them from their community.  If this happens no one is allowed any further contact with them. Victims usually die a self-imposed death in days. In Australia, the practice is still common enough that hospital staff are trained to manage illness caused by bone pointing. Its modern equivalent is exclusion bullying which is a theme running through  The Missing Activist.

Who are the Kurdaitcha?

Kurdaitcha (or kurdaitcha man) is a ritual ‘executioner’ in Aboriginal culture who ‘points the bone at a victim to expel them from their community. If this happens, no one can contact them or mix with them. Victims usually die a self-imposed death in days. In Australia, the practice is still common enough that they train hospital staff to manage illness caused by “bone pointing”. Its modern equivalent is exclusion bullying which is a theme running through The Missing Activist and Fast Fact Five.

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