Theresa May went significantly beyond a casualty update in her speech outside 10 Downing Street on Sunday morning.
Alongside as her briefing on the aftermath of Saturday night’s attack on civilians in the London Bridge and Borough Market areas, May took the opportunity to call for a change in the culture of tackling extremism in the UK.
“Last night, our country fell victim to a brutal terrorist attack once again.
As a result I have just chaired a meeting of the Government’s emergency committee, and I want to update you with the latest information about the attack.
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London Bridge terror attack editorial: democracy will prevail
Terror came appallingly close to The Sunday Times last night. We watched in horror as emergency vehicles swarmed over London Bridge and the first reports of injuries and possible fatalities reached us on our doorstep. Members of our own staff were witnesses to the attack and our chief sub-editor had to leap out of harm’s way. Mercifully he was not hurt.
It is possible the timing was no coincidence, coming on the eve of the concert mourning the victims of the Manchester bombing and only five days before the general election.
Our message to the merchants of death is that Britain will not be cowed and democracy will prevail. You will not have our hate, as the brave widower of the Bataclan attacks in Paris said, but there will be justice. We are stronger and better than those who seek to divide and destroy us.