Plus: I miss the Liberal Democrat conference. I miss the beards. I miss the sandals. I miss being asked for a discount on a 50p postcard…
We should accept no excuses, nor indulge in any illusions – we are facing a barbaric, medieval death cult.
We are waiting for Labour to deliver their proposals. Because this should be too important an issue to become a political football.
No more foreign funding of extremism. No more self-appointed “community” intermediaries. No more pretence that it’s all about cyberspace.
This problem may have started abroad, but it is now here, in our own society. It must be dealt with.
From the IRA through to today’s Islamist extremist threat, the Labour leader has misidentified the causes and proposed the wrong solutions.
There is a radical, ambitious zeal evident throughout the document, and it is shown again in the desire to end iniquitous disparities between the generations.
There is no foreign policy that could appease the likes of the Manchester terrorists. Islamists damn us if we intervene, and damn us if we don’t.
Nor should we indulge the murderer’s view of himself as being motivated by ideology. He was evil, and his final act was to spit in the face of God.
“We have made three further arrests overnight, and this afternoon used a controlled explosion at an address at the city centre.”
The combination of a terror atrocity, mass deployment of troops, an election campaign and no legislature takes us into unchartered waters.
This highest of five threat levels means that “an attack is expected imminently”. They are set not by the Prime Minister, but by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre.
Fear of western girls and women is a part of the ideology which is struggling for control of Islam – the hatred of liberal democracy where Salafism and Islamism meet.
Plus, read the full text of the Prime Minister’s statement on the heightened threat level and deployment of troops.
I am fed up to the back teeth with people pronouncing that such terrorist atrocities have nothing to do with the perpetrators’ religious views.