People near London Bridge and in Vauxhall have been victims of what may be terror attacks.

Around 10pm on Saturday (June 3), a white van was driven into pedestrians on London Bridge. It seems occupants then got out and started stabbing people indiscriminately on the streets in and around the neighbouring borough market. Another incident took place in Vauxhall.

At least one person is said to have died.

This Writer’s thoughts are with the victims and their families, and I hope the emergency services are able to capture those responsible for these despicable acts of violence.

But I wonder what is behind it.

After the Manchester attack, much was made of the fact that Theresa May and her fellow Conservatives have progressively weakened the police and our intelligence services, making it increasingly less likely that we could have early warning of a terror attack, let alone defend against it.

My understanding is that nobody in the police or intelligence services had any advance warning of the attacks in London.

Mrs May’s response to the Manchester attack was to put nearly 1,000 soldiers on our streets – defending Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, and foreign embassies. She did nothing at all to improve the safety of ordinary British citizens.

At the time, ordinary people complained:

This tweet was particularly prophetic, in the light of the London incidents:

And now ordinary British citizens have again paid the price for her government’s short-sightedness. The attackers may not have been suicide bombers, but good people have been harmed nonetheless.

The worst of it is, with four days to go before the general election, she’ll probably declare another state of emergency and a hold-up in campaigning – probably in the hope that she’ll be able to make more of a good impression than she did after Manchester. We know she tried to use that tragedy for political ends; it seems likely she’ll do the same with this.

It seems to me that the fact of the matter is this:

Theresa May and her government created the circumstances that have allowed these attacks. The sooner they are banished from government, the better.

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