Britain is under attack; three outrageous terror attacks in the space of two months. Yesterday, Theresa May clashed with Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, over cuts to the police force. Yes, May, when she was Home Secretary, was responsible for a cut in police numbers but also it must be remembered that it wasn't too long ago that a senior member of the Labour Party and ally of Jeremy Corbyn was calling for Special Branch and MI5 to be scrapped.

I would say that they are both missing the point. Britain needs more police officers but they must be armed to counter the terror threat. The days when Britain could be policed by unarmed officers are over. Now, some will say that armed officers will encourage more criminals and terrorists to carry weapons but I think the only way to ensure Britain is a safer place is to arm the police like their counterparts across the West.

There is also a role for the British army helping their police counterparts. Specialist officers from elite special forces units have been used before and now need to be deployed again. The terror threat which Britain is facing is not going to go away. May is right when she says that "enough is enough" but now is the time for bold action. The police need to be at the forefront on the war on terror but they need the tools to do the job. Some will say that it is outrageous to have armed officers and soldier on the streets of Britain but we face an outrageous situation.


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V. / Hace over 4 years

Geoff Dominy: as we are in Spain perhaps we could also mention the 192 people killed in the March 2004 atrocity in Madrid plus the survivors of same? And Belgium last year?


Geoff Dominy / Hace over 4 years

There has been a lot of talk about changing the laws regarding human rights. I think it is important to understand that these are extraordinary times. The most basic human right is the right to live. Anything else comes a distant second. In France, Germany and England over 200 people have been denied this right. They have been denied the right to enjoy a long life, to have families, to watch those children grow up, to see them graduate, get married, have their own children. The survivors have been left with emotional scars that will never ever heal. It is time to end political correctness because those who seek to destroy our world are making a mockery of it. Britain is not like certain countries in the world where denying certain rights will result in torture. This is the right thing to do at this particular time and if it saves one life, at the inconvenience of those who are known to the authorities and considered a threat, then it has been worth it.


Julian Simms / Hace over 4 years

Our only salvation is to apply the same measures against Moslems that they would to Christians, if day after day they were being killed by them. In other words, expulsion.


Henry James / Hace over 4 years

Yet again,at least two of the London terrorists were let into this country,it's time to stop allowing anyone in from Islamic counties,how many of those that we admitted as ''refugees'' will be the future terrorists.? All of those already here should be scrupulously vetted and any that there is even the slightest doubt about deported.


Henry James / Hace over 4 years

Not every police officer needs to be armed,armed officers just need to be quickly available. Did having armed police stop Spain,France,Germany and others with armed police forces from becoming terrorist targets.? Clearly, there will be other attacks in the UK so we must have more police,including more armed police,soldiers and specialist intelligence operators and this must be a priority for whoever wins the election.