Tuesday 21 January 2020

Democracy and rule of law must prevail in UK

Jeremy Corbyn, who has undergone a political transformation in recent weeks, has demanded Theresa May's resignation as prime minister. Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images
Jeremy Corbyn, who has undergone a political transformation in recent weeks, has demanded Theresa May's resignation as prime minister. Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images
Editorial

Editorial

Terrorists along with their supporters and mentors in Isil would like nothing more than a low turnout in the UK general election on Thursday. It would show that their heinous actions are working, literally terrorising many people to stay away from polling stations.

They don't believe in democracy anyway, yet use its freedoms to peddle their message of hate. Hopefully, the voters will come out in their millions to exercise their rights and show that, for all its faults, democracy is still the best political system we have.

It is also to be hoped that moderate voices continue to make it abundantly clear that the perpetrators of the dreadful killings in London and Manchester were not acting in the name of the vast majority of Muslim families.

The attacks will prompt calls for greater surveillance and is already leading to strong criticism of Theresa May for presiding over drastic cuts in police numbers when she was home secretary.

Jeremy Corbyn, who has undergone a political transformation in recent weeks, has demanded her resignation as prime minister. It's a politically opportunist call, but still embarrassing for the leader of a Conservative Party which has always prided itself as being strong on law and order.

Here in Ireland there is no room for complacency. This was brought home to us by the disclosure that one of the three London bombers lived in Rathmines for some time. He may well have been radicalised elsewhere, but our security services should get the resources needed to keep track of what the Taoiseach calls a "small number who are being monitored in respect of radicalisation".

Irish Independent

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