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May’s in luck: British people are willing to sacrifice personal freedoms to fight terror

It’s the stuff usually associated with oppressive authoritarian regimes, but polling shows it’s creeping into the collective Britain psyche, right now

By Martin Boon  

Half of us are, basically, willing to relent on torture.

It’s not every day that Theresa May channels her inner Thomas Hobbes, but with Leviathan-esque élan, her recent call for internet companies to take down extremist online content within two hours of it reaching cyberspace was a timely intervention. It’s not hyperbolic to link the government’s mission to eliminate Jihadist material with the primary responsibility of government to protect its citizens—not only from foreign foes but each other—as the recent attacks in Westminster, Manchester and elsewhere so tragically demonstrate.

Britain, it…

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