Following last night’s terror attack in London that claimed the lives of seven and injured 48, Prime Minister Theresa May said that the terrorists had been bound to an ‘ideology that is a perversion of Islam and a perversion of the truth’.
It is an ideology that claims our Western values of freedom, democracy and human rights are incompatible with the religion of Islam. Defeating this ideology is one of the great challenges of our time but it cannot be defeated through military intervention alone.
She vowed that “enough is enough” and 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”.
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
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.
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.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn