For the past seven years Theresa May has been either Home Secretary or Prime Minister. Not that you would guess from her words today, full speech here.
I’ve pulled out a few lines amongst the sound bites that caught my attention.
As so often in such serious situations, the police responded with great courage and great speed.
On behalf of the people of London, and on behalf of the whole country, I want to thank and pay tribute to the professionalism and bravery of the police and the emergency services.
She praises the police but that wasn’t the case the other year when the Police Federation complained of forthcoming cuts.
Peter Kirkham (former Metropolitan Police Inspector) interviewed on LBC yesterday and today on Sky knows exactly who he blames.
How the hell are we meant to feel safe with overworked Police officers? 16 hour shifts!
We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are. Things need to change, and they need to change in 4 important ways.
Too damn right things do need to change but I doubt I think in the same way she plans.
It will only be defeated when we turn people’s minds away from this violence – and make them understand that our values – pluralistic, British values – are superior to anything offered by the preachers and supporters of hate.
Bingo – British values!
Because being the world’s second largest arms seller is a good thing obviously. Especially when you are selling them to Saudi. Britain has a history of turning a blind eye there, Blair in 2007 and then again this month.
Only yesterday Nicholas Wilson “Mr Ethical” was silenced at the hustings he attended with Amber Rudd when he started to talk about corruption and arms sales.
What does Saudi need another £3.5 billion of arms for? I know bombing Yemen into rubble must be an expensive business but you do wonder if they are they selling on to countries / groups that even we won’t countenance.
We need to work with allied, democratic governments to reach international agreements that regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremism and terrorist planning. And we need to do everything we can at home to reduce the risks of extremism online.
Work with other countries – aye that’ll be one of the upsides of leaving the EU. And here we go – we must control the internet.
The UK already has some of the most intrusive online legislation. Now I can just about work a pc but even I know that there is an online world outside Google and social media. I’m pretty sure the bad guys will be one step ahead of anything the British government can think of. Jeez, they can’t even remember protect NHS systems.
while we need to deprive the extremists of their safe spaces online, we must not forget about the safe spaces that continue to exist in the real world.
What a camera in every room? London was 3 guys in a van. How do you stop that?
Yes, that means taking military action to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Of course it fucking does, let’s keep that pot boiling for a few more years it’s worked so well so far.
While we have made significant progress in recent years, there is – to be frank – far too much tolerance of extremism in our country.
I agree there, can we start with the EDL & NF? And have a word with your northern branch office, they’ve been recruiting and electing some rather unsavoury characters
So in light of what we are learning about the changing threat, we need to review Britain’s counter-terrorism strategy to make sure the police and security services have all the powers they need.
You don’t need your rights and freedoms. Just sit quietly in a room and let me do what ever I want. These things start off as “protecting” us, but I find it’s strange how the new laws also seem to have a gagging effect on protests – for example how our charities are being silenced.
And if we need to increase the length of custodial sentences for terrorism-related offences, even apparently less serious offences, that is what we will do.
Because the threat of long prison sentences tend to deter suicide bombers….
But it is time to say enough is enough. Everybody needs to go about their lives as they normally would. Our society should continue to function in accordance with our values.
You’ll just be monitored every minute of the day from now on
As a mark of respect the 2 political parties have suspended our national campaigns for today.
Except for this speech of course, I’m exempt. And two? Few more than that campaigning.
As a country, our response must be as it has always been when we have been confronted by violence. We must come together, we must pull together, and united we will take on and defeat our enemies.
That means you Scotland, shut up and eat your cereal.
Things can’t go on the same.
What’s the phrase? Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
Let’s have a change of direction.
Speaking of which – good to see the nuclear deterrent working. How many emergency service staff could that pay for? It must be funded by the magic money tree or run on pixie dust.
Vote Labour in England*, SNP in Scotland & Plaid Cymru in Wales.
*unless you are in
- Brighton – Caroline Lucas, Green,
- Hastings & Rye – Nicholas Wilson, Independent
- South West Surrey – Dr Louise Irvine, National Health Action Party and Progressive Alliance candidate standing against Hunt.