Attacks stir hot debate on Britain’s strategy

London, Monday A string of attacks claiming 34 lives in less than three months has sparked a tough debate about Britain’s counter-terror st...

Police officers and members of the emergency services attend to a person injured on London Bridge. Photo/AFP

London, Monday A string of attacks claiming 34 lives in less than three months has sparked a tough debate about Britain’s counter-terror strategy and buffeted the country’s election campaign.

After seven people were killed in central London on Saturday, less than a fortnight after 22 concert-goers were slain by a suicide bomber in Manchester, Prime Minister Theresa May declared “enough is enough” and sketched plans for tougher anti-terror measures.

She pointed to longer jail terms for terrorism offences, even minor ones, and said internet companies should deny extremism a place in which to breed.

Other proposals floated in the British press include electronically tagging or even interning jihadists on watch lists, requiring proof of ID for unregistered SIM cards for mobile phones, and police background checks for people who want to rent a car immediately.

But after a one-day suspension of campaigning ahead of Thursday’s vote, May’s record has become a hot election issue and the ruling Conservatives —traditionally popular on the issue of security—find themselves on the back foot.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called on May to quit, pointing to the loss of 20,000 police jobs, mostly during her six years as interior minister.

Labour has promised to recruit more police officers, adding to neighbourhood security that it sees as an essential element for counter-terror strategies. Asked by ITV television if he backed the calls for May to resign, Corbyn said: “Indeed I would... We should never have cut the police numbers.” - AFP

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