Prime Minister May talks tough…

Pre-election rhetoric or the real deal?


Practically all of the news readers started by saying “There has been another …”

That alone speaks legions.

When the death toll stayed in single digits, I sensed a sign of relief among the newswers.

Almost like, “Whew. No big deal. Chicago probably had a worse weekend.”

Then while working out, PM May came on the telly live with her morning after remarks.

She was all business.


I was impressed by the sharpness of her well-honed remarks … especially some (not all) of her prescriptions.


A few phrases really resonated with me:

“It is time to say `Enough is enough’ … when it comes to taking on extremism and terrorism, things need to change … We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are.”


“There is – to be frank – far too much tolerance of extremism in our country.”

“The recent attacks … are bound together by the single evil ideology of Islamist extremism … that claims our Western values of freedom, democracy and human rights are incompatible with the religion of Islam.


“We cannot allow this ideology the safe spaces it needs to breed. Yet that is precisely what the internet provides.”

We need … international agreements that regulate cyberspace … to reduce the risks of extremism 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.”

“We need to become far more robust in identifying (extremism) and stamping it out.”

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


“We need to live our lives not in a series of separated, segregated communities, but as one truly United Kingdom.”

“That will require some difficult, and often embarrassing, conversations.”


Let’s cut to the chase on the above remarks:

1. She called out “Islamist extremism” by name.

2. She acknowledged “too much tolerance.”

3. She called out Facebook (though not by name) and called for censorship.

4. She advocated “custodial sentences for terrorist-related offences – even apparently less serious ones (like, I guess, not ratting out your friends & family when the plot to kill)

5. She conceded that multi-culturism (i.e. separate communities with isolated cultures) isn’t working in the UK.

6. But she punted back to “international agreements that regulate”, rooting for others to take care of Syria & Iraq, and “having conversations.”


I reminded myself that she was speaking a couple of days before an election.

It’ll be interesting to see whether this was all campaign rhetoric …. or if she follows through on the tough talk.

My money’s on campaign rhetoric.


Here’s a link to the full transcript of May’s remarks.



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