Great job, Theresa May! You’ve put soldiers on the streets to protect the Queen, yourself, and foreign ambassadors. The rest of us are relying on your depleted police force.
The prime minister presumably thought the people would rally behind her. Here’s what one person thought of that:
As a resident of Sth Manchester, I'd like to thank Theresa & let her know I feel so much safer now she's put troops at Buckingham Palace.
— Emu Hp (@EmuHp) May 24, 2017
The terror attack this week happened in Manchester. Where has Mrs May put the extra manpower?
Armed soldiers on London's streets feels very unBritish. None patrolling in Manchester. And fear no deterrent against suicide bombers
— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) May 24, 2017
Mrs May talked about “increasing police levels”. Bearing in mind the fact that she – personally – cut police numbers by more than 20,000, here’s how she managed it:
This policewoman was saying [boldings mine]: “Just to make non-police friends aware, ‘increasing police levels’ means they’ve cancelled all leave and days off for existing rank and file officers, and make them work 14+ hour days 7 days a week. You can’t actually increase police levels without employing more police, as opposed to making millions of pounds of cuts and decreasing the police by 22,000, which is what Theresa May did as Home Secretary. That’s the real reason we need to deploy the army to do the police’s job, because they’ve been stripped to a dangerously low level. I worked for the Met under Labour and Tory, and trust me, this rot started when she was Home Secretary. Thinking of all my old colleagues who won’t see their kids this half term, don’t get a holiday, and are working hours and hours in the hot sun with no breaks, for shit money, and towards a shit pension which they’ll be dead by the time they can claim, due to May also taking that one reward for a life of service away from them.”
Okay, what’s the direction of travel for the Conservatives?
Coast Guard cuts
Royal Navy cuts
Police force cuts
Border Force cuts
MI5, MI6 and GCHQ budgets cut
— Robert Kimbell #TimeForThePeople (@Rob_Kimbell) May 25, 2017
First duty of any Govt is to protect its citizens.
Border Force: cut
Fire Brigade: cut pic.twitter.com/JumykV0K3X
— ARTIST TAXI DRIVER (@chunkymark) May 25, 2017
Ah, but what are our armed forces doing, or supporting the police in doing?
Armed police going around Central London harassing homeless people, rifling through their bags and belongings.
— Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) May 24, 2017
Ah. And the number of terrorists they’ve found this way is… zero. Charming.
Returning to Manchester, which has received no increase at all in security manpower after the attack in the city, perhaps it would be best to ask what Theresa May plans in the future…
— James Melville (@JamesMelville) May 25, 2017
That’s conclusive: Mrs May intends to make Manchester less capable of handling terror attacks in the future.
And these Tories are seriously trying to undermine Jeremy Corbyn for making a speech promising better?
Vote Labour on June 8 – for the sake of your country’s security.
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