Don’t tell us the TV news media aren’t doing everything they can for Theresa May, even though we all now know she’s a turkey and Thursday’s the day she’ll get stuffed.
Her speech, following the COBRA meeting at Downing Street this morning (June 4) was supposed to be an announcement about the attacks in London last night and what was being done about them – but she chose to break the non-campaigning truce with Labour and other parties and announce future Tory policy instead.
Mrs May announced a four-point plan to combat terrorism, after parties had agreed to suspend campaigning until this evening – and UK television channels broadcast it live.
She 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; and also suggested the idea of increased prison terms for terrorism offences, even relatively minor ones.
The social media reacted appropriately:
How will prospect of longer prison sentences deter jihadists intent on suicide?
What about addressing Saudi funding?
— Tom London (@TomLondon6) June 4, 2017
Year after year the Police Federation begged Theresa May not to cut them as it would put the country at risk of terror. She never listened.
— Liam Young (@liamyoung) June 4, 2017
— sally solihull (@sallysolihull) June 4, 2017
When Theresa May says 'Enough is enough', does that include her £3.5bn arms deal to the Saudi's who are thought to be funding ISIS?
— Francesca Martinez (@chessmartinez) June 4, 2017
Theresa May says the UK hasn't done enough to prevent terrorism. That was literally her job as Home Secretary. #LondonAttacks
— Ioan Marc Jones (@ioanmarcjones) June 4, 2017
Theresa May is prime minister. Before: home secretary. She cut 19,000 police officers. She says enough is enough. She's right. Vote her out.
— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) June 4, 2017
PM was Home Secretary from 2010-16,had years to sort our security&support our police,instead 20,000 officers gone,1,300 armed officers gone?
— Angela Rayner (@AngelaRayner) June 4, 2017
As CURRENT PM – right for May to make a statement on London attacks
It was NOT right she announced FUTURE policy#GE17 campaign suspended
— Clare Hepworth OBE (@Hepworthclare) June 4, 2017
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also made a speech in the aftermath of the London attacks. It was measured and statesmanlike – and I understand Sky News was the only channel to broadcast it. Why not the BBC?
Hey @BBCNews Corbyn is one of 2 people who could be prime minister Friday. Why can't I watch his speech on terror on your channels or site?
— Alex Nunns (@alexnunns) June 4, 2017
Fortunately, due to the magic of social media, you can watch Mr Corbyn’s speech here:
— I was a JSA claimant (@imajsaclaimant) June 4, 2017
He also announced policy proposals to protect the security of UK citizens – but he did it after the ‘truce’ had ended.
He savaged Theresa May for cutting police numbers.
And he pointed out that the aim of the terror attack in London was to derail the general election. He said it was now a question of democracy, and the election must go ahead on schedule, despite calls for it to be postponed.
His speech has been widely applauded.
But more people have seen Theresa May, and more people have heard her inane witterings.
If you’ve made it this far through this article, you’ll have heard what Mr Corbyn had to say. You’ll have noticed that he has attacked Mrs May on several points – not least her support for Saudi Arabia, which has links with the funding of terrorism, and her decision to cut 20,000 police jobs and deride warnings that it would increase the threat of terrorism as “scaremongering”.
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