It was supposed to be the Brexit election. Instead it is the issue of security that dominates today after another terror attack struck a British city and election campaigning was suspended for the second time.
Sunday’s suspension was more brief than that agreed after the Manchester Arena bombing, and different in tone – perhaps inevitable after the second terrorist strike in a fortnight, and with just days to go before voters head to the polls.
Theresa May emerged from a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee to announce: “Enough is enough.” While we have made significant progress in recent years, there is – to be frank – far too much tolerance of extremism in our country.
On what she thought still needed to be done, May said there could be increased prison terms for even minor terrorism offences, and targeted internet companies: We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed – yet that is precisely what the internet, and the big companies that provide internet-based services provide.
We need to work with allied democratic governments to reach international agreements to regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremism and terrorism planning…
Read more : The Guardian, 05.06.2017