Theresa May: ‘enough is enough’

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has given a speech after the London terror attacks.

Guardian: Theresa May says ‘enough is enough’ after seven killed in London Bridge attack

Theresa May has warned that there has been “far too much tolerance of extremism” in the UK and, promised to step up the fight against Islamist terrorism after the London Bridge attack, saying “enough is enough”.

The prime minister set out plans to crack down on extremism after chairing a meeting of the Cobra committee following the attack in the centre of the capital in which seven people were killed by three attackers.

In a sombre address outside 10 Downing Street, May said internet companies must not allow extremism a place to exist, but added that there was also a need to tackle “safe spaces in the real world”, which would require “difficult” conversations.

The prime minister also suggested the idea of increased prison terms for terrorism offences, even relatively minor ones.

Islamist militancy was the thread that linked the otherwise unconnected attacks in London Bridge, Westminster and Manchester, she said.

“It is an ideology that is a perversion of Islam and a perversion of the truth,” she said. “Defeating this ideology is one of the great challenges of our time. But it cannot be defeated through military intervention alone.”

“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.”

May said the recent spate of attacks showed the UK was “experiencing a new trend in the threat we face”.

“As terrorism breeds terrorism and perpetrators are inspired to attack, not only on the basis of carefully constructed plots after years of planning and training, and not even as lone attackers radicalised online, but by copying one another and often using the crudest of means of attack.”

“While we have made significant progress in recent years, there is – to be frank – far too much tolerance of extremism in our country.”

“So we need to become far more robust in identifying it and stamping it out across the public sector and across society. That will require some difficult, and often embarrassing, conversations.

“But the whole of our country needs to come together to take on this extremism, and we need to live our lives not in a series of separated, segregated communities but as one truly United Kingdom.”

But an election is imminent (May has confirmed it won’t be postponed) and opponents have criticised May’s speech.

The statement’s content has concerned senior Labour figures who believe it is a breach of a cross-party agreement to put aside political campaigning and is insensitive to people only just discovering that they have lost loved ones.

The shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, said May’s statement appeared to be a breach of an agreement with Labour to put aside political campaigning until Sunday night.

Thornberry told BBC Radio 4’s The World This Weekend the statement was insensitive to the needs of those who were just becoming aware that their loved ones had died.

She said: “None of the things [May] is proposing in the four-point plan are immediate steps, and so I regret the timing of this. There is an agreement between the parties that there will not be party political campaigning until this evening or tomorrow.

“I think that [what May has said] is drawing us into a debate – I think there is time enough to discuss these issues. To come out on to the steps of 10 Downing Street immediately in the aftermath of a terrible outrage would not be something that would be expected.

“[May] has said ‘enough is enough’. Well I thought enough was enough after 9/11, I thought that enough was enough after 7/7. I didn’t think we should be taking any more of these attacks on our people, we all agree on that.

“We need to do more but we also need to be sensitive to the fact that there are people who are only just discovering that their loved ones have died.”

A very tense and difficult time in the UK.

8 Comments

  1. Brown

     /  June 5, 2017

    The trouble is that these attacks are not a perversion of Islam so she’s talking through her arse and nothing will change.

    • Gezza

       /  June 5, 2017

      There are some gentle, kind, tolerant Muslims – but they’re nominal ones, in name only, who’ve probably never properly read the Koran & Hadith & don’t visit the mosque often. Like there are still lots of Christians who’ve never read the Bible, know a little bit about what Christmas & Easter represent, vaguely hope there’s an afterlife, are good, kind souls, & only go to church for hatches, matches & despatches.

      The problem with Islam is it’s a riven, factional, supremacist ideology, you can’t safely leave it if the local community is large & devout, & it is too easily be used by radical, hateful, fundamentalist preachers as dangerous bs for the disaffected – especially disafected youth .

      • artcroft

         /  June 5, 2017

        “You can’t safely leave it…” State sanctioned mosques run by accredited imams?

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 5, 2017

    Time to jail and deport all those with links to ISIS.

    • Blazer

       /  June 5, 2017

      does that include ….arms manufacturers?

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  June 5, 2017

        Probably, B. Who is in your sights?

  3. David

     /  June 5, 2017

    Lame, weak, patronizing speech with a very clear sub-text, the ‘internet’ is to blame.

  4. Blazer

     /  June 5, 2017

    reducing the Police Force by…thousands really makes sense then…Theresa.?