Theresa May says “far too much tolerance of extremism in our country,” and that “when it comes to taking on extremism and terrorism things need to change.” Then she repeats the same false and failed analysis, that the jihad “is a perversion of Islam.” Her refusal to identify the motivating ideology behind these jihad attacks means that she will never confront this enemy properly, and never deal with the real source of the incitement to violence. And so for all her tough talk, she is doomed to failure.
“Theresa May says ‘enough is enough’ in wake of London Bridge terror attack as she confirms General Election will go ahead,” by Jack Maidment, Telegraph, June 4, 2017:
Theresa May has vowed that “enough is enough” as she urged people to go about their lives as normal after seven people were killed and almost 50 injured in the London Bridge terror attack.
The Prime Minister said that there is “far too much tolerance of extremism in our country” as she set out plans to crackdown on terror.
She said that while the Manchester Arena attack which killed 22 people, the Westminster attack in March which left four people dead and the London Bridge attack are not directly connected there is now a “new trend” in the threat the UK faces as “terrorism breeds terrorism”.
The Prime Minister said that the UK must do more to tackle the threat posed by “Islamist extremism”.
Speaking in Downing Street after chairing a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee, she said: “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.”
Mrs May paid tribute to the emergency services who responded to the latest attack with “great courage and great speed” as she confirmed that many of the injured are in “life threatening conditions”.
She said: “Our country has made significant progress in disrupting plots and protecting the public.
“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 but when it comes to taking on extremism and terrorism things need to change.”
All of the major political parties have suspended national campaigning ahead of the General Election and Mrs May said campaigning will resume tomorrow with polling day on June 8 to go ahead as planned.
She said: “As a mark of respect the two political parties have suspended our national campaigns for today but violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process.
“So those campaigns will resume in full tomorrow and the General Election will go ahead as planned on Thursday.”
The Prime Minister struck a defiant tone as she said that “things need to change” in the fight against terror and that the UK “cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are” as she suggested that longer sentences could be introduced for terror offences and pledged to review the Government’s counter terrorism strategy.
She said the London and Manchester attacks are connected in “one important sense”.
“They are bound together by the single evil ideology of Islamist extremism that preaches hatred, sows division and promotes sectarianism,” she said.
“It is an ideology that claims our Western values of freedom, democracy and human rights are incompatible with the religion of Islam.
“It is an ideology that is a perversion of Islam and a perversion of the truth.
“Defeating this ideology is one of the great challenges of our time but it cannot be defeated through military intervention alone.”