London attack: Theresa May says enough is enough … plans bulk purchase of tea candles

The prime minister has said “it is time to say enough is enough” as she condemned a terror attack on “innocent and unarmed civilians” which left seven people dead and 48 injured in London.

  • bargogx1

    “London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the capital remained the “safest global city” and would not be cowed by terrorism”

    Same old same old.

    • The Mayor can say what he wants, but if I go to London there’s no way I’m going without carrying a good blade, a steel reinforced baton I can hide in my pants, or a gun. And if I can’t do that then I’m just not coming to your “safest global city”, Honourable Dude.

      • Watchman

        Most muslims feel safe there, with a good muslim mayor protecting the local faithful from revealing female body ads such as bikinis-wearing women. Shari’a-lite as they would probably term it, at least until they get above 50% of the population and then it will be likely become standard Shari’a.

      • tom_billesley

        Those attacked in Southwark Market resorted to throwing chairs, bottles and beer mugs. Lawyers are devastated that three potential clients who suffered this islamophobic backlash are no longer in a position to sue.

    • tom_billesley

      “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed!” Mr Trump wrote on Twitter

  • rich

    i could care less what a follower of the religion of death says

  • Reader

    Unfortunately the alternatives are even worse.

    Leading Corbyn activist causes outrage after claiming Islamic terrorists are ‘freedom fighters’

  • Editor

    Nothing short of nationalizing the tea candle industry will do!

  • tom_billesley

    Tea candles – don’t they care about global warming?

  • tom_billesley

    It has been announced that government buildings will fly the Union Flag at half mast. I’d rather they used the crusader Cross of St. George and hoisted it high.

  • John

    That tea candle line is great!

    Certainly illustrates the total impotence of Europe’s entire political class.

  • Bla Bla

    May’s incompetence is going to cost her party the election. Or close to it.

  • Linda1000

    May’s useless four point plan but Trudope has no plan at all:

    This is, as we all know, the third terrorist attack Britain has experienced in the last three months. In March, a similar attack took place, just around the corner on Westminster Bridge. Two weeks ago, the Manchester Arena was attacked by a suicide bomber. And now London has been struck once more.

    And at the same time, the security and intelligence agencies and police have disrupted 5 credible plots since the Westminster attack in March.

    In terms of their planning and execution, the recent attacks are not connected. But we believe we are experiencing a new trend in the threat we face, as terrorism breeds terrorism, and perpetrators are inspired to attack not only on the basis of carefully-constructed plots after years of planning and training — and not even as lone attackers radicalized online — but by copying one another and often using the crudest of means of attack.

    We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are. Things need to change, and they need to change in four important ways.

    First, while the recent attacks are not connected by common networks, they are connected in one important sense. They are bound together by the single, evil ideology of Islamist extremism that preaches hatred, sows division, and promotes sectarianism. It is an ideology that claims our Western values of freedom, democracy and human rights are incompatible with the religion of Islam. It is an ideology that is a perversion of Islam and a perversion of the truth.

    Defeating this ideology is one of the great challenges of our time. But it cannot be defeated through military intervention alone. It will not be defeated through the maintenance of a permanent, defensive counter-terrorism operation, however skillful its leaders and practitioners. It will only be defeated when we turn people’s minds away from this violence — and make them understand that our values – pluralistic, British values — are superior to anything offered by the preachers and supporters of hate.

    Second, 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 that regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremism and terrorist planning. And we need to do everything we can at home to reduce the risks of extremism online.

    Third, while we need to deprive the extremists of their safe spaces online, we must not forget about the safe spaces that continue to exist in the real world. Yes, that means taking military action to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. But it also means taking action here at home. While we have made significant progress in recent years, there is – to be frank – far too much tolerance of extremism in our country.

    So we need to become far more robust in identifying it and stamping it out – across the public sector and across society. That will require some difficult and often embarrassing conversations, but the whole of our country needs to come together to take on this extremism – and we need to live our lives not in a series of separated, segregated communities but as one truly United Kingdom.

    Fourth, we have a robust counterterrorism strategy that has proved successful over many years. But as the nature of the threat we face becomes more complex, more fragmented, more hidden, especially online, the strategy needs to keep up. So in light of what we are learning about the changing threat, we need to review Britain’s counter-terrorism strategy to make sure the police and security services have all the powers they need.

    And if we need to increase the length of custodial sentences for terrorism-related offences, even apparently less serious offences, that is what we will do.

    Since the emergence of the threat from Islamist-inspired terrorism, our country has made significant progress in disrupting plots and protecting the public. But it is time to say enough is enough. Everybody needs to go about their lives as they normally would. Our society should continue to function in accordance with our values. But when it comes to taking on extremism and terrorism, things need to change.

    As a mark of respect the two political parties have suspended our national campaigns for today. But violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process. So those campaigns will resume in full tomorrow. And the general election will go ahead as planned on Thursday.

    As a country, our response must be as it has always been when we have been confronted by violence. We must come together, we must pull together, and united we will take on and defeat our enemies.”

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.