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Westminster attack: Don’t give in to fear

Stand firm against terror—and the latest snooping wheeze

By Martha Spurrier  

Tributes to the victims of the Westminster attack, on Westminster bridge ©Emerson Utracik/NEWZULU/PA Images

The attack on parliament was not only sad but also senseless. Violence sows fear, division and intolerance. It will do so all the more effectively if it is talked up as being part of some general threat hanging over day-to-day life in this country, rather than a mercifully rare but terrible crime.

Hearteningly, our leaders did not immediately elevate this into an existential threat that might necessitate sacrificing core values. Theresa May powerfully stated that free speech, liberty, human rights and the rule of law would…

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