Boris Johnson’s visit to London Bridge is pure PR. All he cares about is himself

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Saturday 30 November 2019 17:07
Boris Johnson says he opposes early release following London Bridge terror attack

We all saw the utter cowardly panic of MPs when the terrorist incident occurred on London Bridge. Not one of those big tough Spartans would have done what those ordinary people did yesterday (and how sick I am of Tory MPs referring to us all as “ordinary”).

I am sickened by the response of Brandon Lewis and especially Boris Johnson. This man (Usman Khan) was jailed and freed under a Tory government. It is no good talking now about tougher laws: this has happened on your watch. And therein lie the actual thoughts these Tories are having. Not for the dead and their relatives, not for the wounded and their relatives. All Johnson, Lewis, Priti Patel and co are thinking about is how badly this reflects on them and what to do to remedy the poor image of them.

Johnson’s visit to London Bridge is pure PR and to talk about evidence now showing it’s wrong to release these people early is utterly specious, it’s been happening for years.

Richard Kimble

A safe pair of hands?

Friday’s terrorist attack at London Bridge has drawn fresh attention to this menace to civilisation – a worldwide problem but brought into fresh focus as it strikes in our capital again.

Once again we give thanks for the prompt actions of citizens and our emergency services, but one wonders what leadership and support they would have from a prime minister who has long been an apologist for and friend of terrorists.

Would our national security really be safe under Jeremy Corbyn?

Stephen Hill

Let’s end Brexit uncertainty

What exactly is the Labour policy on Brexit? The Conservatives want to get it done, the Lib Dems want to stop it, and the SNP want Scexit instead (dread to think what a mess that would be).

Two deals have already been done with the EU, but Labour apparently wants to do a third deal, and then have a second referendum. How will Jeremy Corbyn get a dramatically better deal that the one we already have, and in any case where does it end? How about we have a fourth deal and a third referendum?

I wanted to remain in 2016, and if we keep getting new deals and referendums I guess we’ll be remaining for the foreseeable future, but with a great deal of uncertainty. Let’s end the uncertainty and sort out what happens after that.

Alex Surtees

Don’t break up the special relationship

Love the Americans or hate them, maintenance of democratic freedom has depended on our alliance with the US time and again – the First World War, the Second World War Two, the Cold War and the current fight against terror.

Sharing security secrets with the US is fundamental to the defence and protection of our United Kingdom and the freedom we love.

The US has already stated it will not be able to share security secrets if Jeremy Corbyn becomes prime minister.

His antagonism towards America is well documented. So hand in hand with the never-ending Brexit discussion he proposes, trade deals with America will prove impossible under a Labour government.

So votes for Labour are votes against peace, prosperity and liberty and votes for dispute, recession and communist-type bondage.

Mark G Gilmore

Brave public and police

When reflecting on the tragic events on London Bridge on Friday, we need to consider also the bravery of members of the public, and especially the continuous courage of our police force in Britain, not only in protecting the vulnerable but working to eliminate root causes.

It is heartening that the government actively backs those who every day put their lives on the line for the safety and security of Britain, and we must support them too. We must remain vigilant so that persons that have befriended and aligned themselves in any way with terror groups at any time do not get into any position of public authority or even leadership in this country.

Julian Hayward

Standing in solidarity

We stand in solidarity with those who have lost their loved ones; those who were wounded and those who exemplified gallantry and intrepidity and risked their lives above and beyond the call of duty. Terrorism in all its manifestations remains a transnational challenge. Terrorist attacks in France, Britain, New Zealand, Jordan, Palestine, Kashmir, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and elsewhere will never break our will and unshakeable determination to survive.

Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob

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Corbyn is a crocodile

I am writing as a small business owner and join with thousands of others who are trembling at the very real possibility that Jeremy Corbyn and his band, with his dithery, non-committal attitude to Brexit and his spendthrift agenda, funded by bashing businesses, could become the next government.

It is not exactly rocket science to see that Labour coming into power will cause an immediate retraction of the economy due to its very engine running out of fuel – and that fuel is confidence. With business confidence gone, and investors scared away, we will see before our eyes the current driving force of the nation spiral into uncertainty, which will lead us once again into bankruptcy.

His crazy left-wing ideology, proposing that nationalisation and state control of industry is beneficial, is flying in the face of statistics that prove it just does not work.

Let’s hope that voters will wake up and see through the subtle wiles of this large crocodile lurking beneath the waters.

Mark Ward

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