The area around Westminster must be one of the most heavily guarded and protected in Britain but still a man armed with two knives was able to wreak havoc, killing four people and injuring many more. Security experts will say that it is almost impossible to stop this sort of attack: a "lonewolf terrorist" in a hired car. But questions need to be asked about security in the light of the tragic incident on Wednesday afternoon.

This area is the seat of power of Britain: the home of the mother of all parliaments. Security should not be tight, it should be very tight and if this means shielding the House of Parliament with crash barriers and armed police then it is a price which has to be paid. We are at war with Islamic State. Every night British aircraft and drones attack them in Syria and Iraq. Britain, following terror attacks in Germany, France and Belgium, should be on maximum alert. The army needs to be deployed on the streets of the British capital to support the police. If the police need extra personnel well then they have 100,000 soldiers to call on who can offer their help. French soldiers have been patrolling Paris for months and Britain should do the same. British police officers, on security duties outside parliament, need to be armed or perhaps their security duties could be performed by soldiers. We are facing a wave of terrorism not seen in a generation and it is time that all avaiable resources were put to good use.


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Julian Simms / Hace over 4 years

My apologies, I should have written, or may I write "most of us" know. Without going into detail, I believe that Enoch Powell, when broaching this subject was right, and has been proven to be right as time goes by.


S.O. / Hace over 4 years

"We all know what the real and definite solution is". Do "we"? I don't. Please enlighten me.


palmadave / Hace over 4 years

'We are at war with Islamic State' I am not sure this is a true statement Jason. Has the UK.officially declared 'we are at war with???. Does anyone know?


f4phixeruk / Hace over 4 years

Only problem with calling for UK troops on the street is, we dont have enough. With all the commitments UK forces have at the moment, plus the retention / recruitment problems. It would be difficult to do this. Also. If you secure London. What about the rest of the country ? When the terror groups in Northern Ireland had difficulty placeing devices in London, they moved outside. Guildford, Birmingham, and Manchester for example.


Henry James / Hace over 4 years

What a ridiculous proposition,the army,thanks to cut after cut,now number some 100.000,as you say but many of them are on deployment and most of the others are fully occupied with military duties besides which,just how far throughout the UK do you think that our much-reduced army would stretch,? One in each town at the most,that will make all the difference. Cuts to the police make the situation even worse as most people would probably prefer to see policemen,not armed soldiers,that could turn others towards acts of terrorism.


Mike / Hace over 4 years

Including internment and deportation born here is of no defence after all a puppy born in a stable IS NOT A HORSE


S. / Hace over 4 years

I agree your idea and reasoning. But, there is a shortage of Service personnel. Defence cuts etc. are responsible. The Policeman who was stabbed to death, should have at least been " TASER " trained and in possession of a Taser. I feel sure that would have saved his life. The Terrorist, could have been captured, and interrogated. For me, all Terrorists should be tortured and have NO RIGHTS whatsoever. However President Trump is going to destroy THE DAESH ( IS ).


Julian Simms / Hace over 4 years

You are right when you state "we are" facing a wave of terrorism but wrong with your assumption about the answer to it. The Islamic terrorist, if I am allowed to call him that, happened to have been born in the UK, so not much good going to Syria to solve the problem. We all know what the real and definite solution is, and will be, but not allowed to express them in public.