UK, Spy in politics!
There was a terror attack in London last week that claimed the lives of 6 innocent people. The three terrorists behind the attack were killed by the police in a swift action.
The attacks first began with the terrorists driving a van into a crowd of people on a Saturday night. This was followed by mass stabbing in which 22 were injured in addition to the 6 that were killed. It seems that terrorism has become a daily affair in England.
Prime Minister Theresa May faces a general election this Thursday, which could decide her political future. The Prime Minister has come out on a strong foot against terror. She has said that “enough is enough” and that there is “far too much tolerance of extremism” in the UK.
She has promised a new counter-terrorism strategy if voted back to power and has said that she will bring in new international agreements to regulate the internet.
The Prime Minister blamed Islamic terrorism for the spate of terror attacks in the country. This is the first time a British Prime Minister has done so directly.
Prime Minister May said, “First; while the recent attacks are not connected by common networks, they are connected by important sense. They are bound together by the single evil ideology of Islamist extremism, that preaches hatred, sows division and promotes sectarianism.”
She added, “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 perversion of the truth.
“Defeating this ideology is one of the great challenges of our time, but it cannot be defeated by military intervention alone. It will not be defeated through the maintenance of a permanent defensive counter-terrorism operation, however skilful its practitioners and leaders.
“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 said.
Her opponents such as the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have accused her of weakening national security with over 20,000 cuts to the law enforcement budget. They have asked her to resign.
Corbyn said, “You cannot protect the public on the cheap. The police and security services must get the resources they need, not 20,000 police cuts. Theresa May was warned by the Police Federation but she accused them of ‘crying wolf’.”
Corbyn added, “I will take whatever action is necessary and effective to protect the security of our people and our country. That includes full authority for the police to use whatever force is necessary to protect and save life as they did last night.”
The opinion polls now show that there is not much of a difference between the Conservative Party and her opponents the Labour Party. The election is heating up. But by presenting a strong face against the recent terror attack, Prime Minister May could have just got herself the win.
Author: Raghav Hegde – India