Recent attacks exposed deeply concerning frailties. A cross-party review is now essential—whether or not the PM, or her successor, wants oneby Ian Blair / June 15, 2017 / Leave a comment
Whatever catastrophes continue to swirl around in the wake of the election, the government under whatever prime minister is in charge will still be facing the same major issues as before it was called, including Brexit, the economy and the NHS.
On any account, these are difficult enough. However, there is now one more. Speaking outside No 10 on her return from the palace on Friday, Theresa May referenced the terrorist attacks which had dominated the last days of the campaign. As a test of governmental competence, these will stay in the public’s memory.
After three successful attacks in such a short time, any PM now has simply no choice but to launch a review of the UK’s strategy for counter-terrorism. If it is May, she is not always in favour of reviews and commissions but this time she is going to need one.
The PM will have to swallow reversing some features held over from coalition government, such as re-introducing control orders rather than the much weaker Terrorism Prevention and Investigative Measures and she will have to be seen to be giving the police and security services extra resources.