It isn’t quite martial law.
But Theresa May has put armed troops on British streets, claiming that the threat of terrorism justifies it.
Isn’t she simply trying to instill fear in you, so she can show what a “strong and stable” leader she says she is?
She has cynically perverted the attack at the Manchester Arena into a plan to win the election with a show of military force.
It has been said that Mrs May always wanted a Margaret Thatcher-style ‘Falklands’ moment. Now it seems she has engineered one.
It seems she has triggered Operation Temperer, a plan for troops to protect key sites like transport hubs, stadiums and key landmarks at times of high terror threat.
This plan was first formed in 2015 – after Mrs May, as Home Secretary, had decimated police forces across the country. Bear in mind that Mrs May was part of the Cameron government that believed every piece of state apparatus apart from the military and the judicial system should be privatised, including the police. The idea was to de-fund forces, wait for the system to break down, and then bring in private organisations like G4S – in the same way the NHS in England is being stealth-privatised by the same Conservatives.
Now, with 20,000 fewer police on our streets, Mrs May is using the threat of terror to put the army in their place and threaten us into voting for her.
She’ll be saying we need her “strong and stable” government (she took the line from Hitler’s Mein Kampf, by the way – apparently it’s on page 287 of the Kindle edition, if anybody wants to look it up), coupling the claim with an unsupportable threat that Jeremy Corbyn would be weak in response to a terror threat. All the evidence suggests he would be better than her – at least he wouldn’t use terrorism as an electioneering ploy.
The decision is a kick in the teeth for all those who worked hard to save lives in Manchester on Monday and Tuesday. Here’s why:
I've just seen this posted by a friend on Facebook. pic.twitter.com/nuWveLthM7
— StevenNott (@StevenNott) May 23, 2017
I know some people can’t read from images, so here’s what it says [boldings mine]:
“Just a quick observations Teresa (sic) May. The police that went into that building not knowing if there were more bombs inside, the police, ambulance services and fire services that were outside on the streets not knowing if there were bombs anywhere near them, the doctors and nurses that are still tending to the injured as you stood there singing their praises and telling the UK how valued they are. These are the people you are driving to food banks, nervous breakdowns, second jobs, suicide. These are the people you are driving away from the careers they love because they can’t cope with the working conditions and can’t live on the pay. These are the people that may not be in a position to help the next time some arsehole with a bomb decides to target innocents. While you are sorting everything else out in relation to this incident, sort out the pay and working conditions of the people who are still dealing with the worst while you are giving speeches.”
She never will, of course. Tories live to push down everybody else. They consider us to be “stock”, nothing more.
But if putting troops on the streets is a plan to win the election, then Mrs May has badly miscalculated.
The British public has already called “foul” on this dog’s dinner of a response:
May uses the army on the streets of UK to instill fear, implying without her decisive security action as PM; we will be at greater risk!
— AufstehenUK (@AufstehenUK) May 23, 2017
This is not the right response to the attacks. May using fear as a means of control. Don't let's fall for it.
— Nancy Strang (@mabeloo) May 23, 2017
The next one is from Samuel Miller, who lives in Canada – and shows how people in foreign countries are appraising the situation:
Did PM Theresa May place the country on the highest state of alert in order to win the general election?
— Samuel Miller (@Hephaestus7) May 23, 2017
Here’s a very important question, relating to the vigil in Albert Square, Manchester, yesterday (May 23) – when a huge crowd assembled in a public place, forming a tempting target if terrorists wanted to launch another attack:
If the threat level really is this critical why did authorities allow the vigil? PM scaremongering worse than s*n and daily mail! https://t.co/P7X7x7D9rK
— Lil'oldme❄️ (@relovedreams) May 23, 2017
Most of all, though, Mrs May’s deployment of the army indicates she is quite happy to use terror tactics on her own people.
We have no evidence that another terror attack is likely but she wants us to live in fear anyway – and she will concentrate that fear if she is allowed to remain as prime minister.
This Writer will not choose fear. I hope you will follow my example.
Vote Labour on June 8 – for sanity, for freedom from fear, and for hope against hate.
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