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.
“It is an appalling act of violence against people, and it must be totally, unreservedly and completely condemned.”
“The spirit of Britain has never been broken, and will never be broken.”
“After our darkest of nights, Manchester is today waking up to the most difficult of dawns.”
The Prime Minister has suspended her election campaign. COBRA met at 9am this morning.
“It was a particular attack on the most vulnerable in our society. Its intention was to sow fear. Its intention was to divide. It will not succeed.”
“We are currently treating this attack as a terrorist incident until we have further information.”
Engagement and commercial benefits must not be sought at any price, lest we hand the region and our own citizens over to fanatics.
The Labour leader’s years of indulging the IRA, who murdered the Duke of Edinburgh’s uncle, should not be forgotten.
Many have already described why he is unfit for the job. Indeed, many have tried to remove him. Their support now is a joke, a delusion, a denial of reality.
In 2014 we asked “What does David Ward have to do to get kicked out of the Lib Dems?” Three years on, he has been reselected as a candidate for Farron’s party.