Labour supporters have been holding back from campaigning today out of respect for the victims of last night’s atrocity and their families. Theresa May’s announcement tonight that she is putting troops on the streets means that there can be no further holding back.
May’s call to suspend campaigning until Sunday was never anything more than cover. It allowed her to monopolise soundbites of Cobra meetings and threat levels to shore up her crumbling image, while her attack dogs in the media spout nonsense about Corbyn or publish crass and disgusting cartoons in complete disregard for morality or for the feelings of those affected by last night’s tragedy.
But the decision to call in the army to cover her own culpability cannot be borne in silence. It’s too little. Too late. Too blatant.
The Tories – on May‘s watch as Home Secretary – have cut almost 20,000 front-line police officers since 2010.
In 2015 – on May‘s watch as Home Secretary – she was warned specifically that those very cuts compromised the UK’s ability to prevent or respond to a terrorist attack:
As Home Secretary, May showed nothing but contempt for the police and waged war on them for her own ends, as Sky News revealed:
Just tonight, as BBC Newsnight tweeted, a security expert repeated that analysis – the video is below a screengrab of the tweet in case the BBC removes it:
Theresa May is putting troops on the streets – but the Tories have cut the UK’s armed forces by thousands.
And they were warned long ago that it increased the risk of Islamist terror attacks;
Theresa May talks of security – but she oversaw massive cuts to UK Border Force budgets:
Theresa May has ignored every warning she was given, in the pursuit of her narrow political and ideological agenda.
Jeremy Corbyn – the man the right-wing rottweilers of the Mail and Sun are vilifying – had the foresight and wisdom to warn what was coming.
When Tony Blair wanted to rush into ill-advised and illegal war in Iraq, Corbyn said, in February 2003, that the invasion of Iraq would:
set off a spiral of conflict, of hate, of misery, of desperation that will fuel the wars, the conflict, the terrorism, the depression and the misery of future generations.
Could anyone, seeing the devastation and lost lives last night in Manchester, argue he was wrong?
Similarly, Corbyn has voted against ill-judged, adventurist military action in Syria and in Libya – and against support for the bombing of innocents in Yemen. He knows it is not only morally wrong, but endangers us all – and our children.
The right-wing media know this and are pointing fingers at him anyway. Theresa May knows this – and is still painting him as a threat to our national security, even though it is her actions, inaction and cuts that endanger us.
Theresa May wants to suspend campaigning until Sunday in the hope that – a ‘week being a long time in politics’ – the public will forget her disastrous campaign and the weakness of her handling of the awful ‘dementia tax‘ manifesto plan.
She is putting troops on the streets – closing the ‘stable’ door after the horse has long since left – in a craven attempt to cover that weakness.
And, like most weak people trying to act tough, she is overplaying her hand – and playing straight into the hands of the terrorists she is supposed to be thwarting.
Little will please terrorists more than troops on our streets and disruption to the most important democratic process we have – and that’s exactly what Theresa May is giving them.
In trying to act tough, May has only exposed her weakness – and it’s more essential than ever that we all recognise it and remove her on 8 June.
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