THERE will be no rejoicing assuming Theresa May and the Conservatives are returned to office in the early hours of Friday morning.
First Manchester, and now London, mean there cannot be any triumphalism. Too many people have been murdered and too many families left bereft for that.
The result, always overwhelmingly likely despite a stumbling Conservative campaign and a resurgence in Labour’s fortunes, is surely now certain.
Fighting terrorism, and rooting out the extremism that spawns it, has become the first priority for the new Government.
May is blind to the threat of extremism
The PM is as oblivious to the links between segregation, deprivation and jihadism as she was when home secretary
We may never know whether the Manchester and London Bridge terror attacks were meant to disrupt the election campaign, but it would certainly be in keeping with the extremists’ desire to undermine our democracy. The week of polling day is also the worst possible time for politicians to come up with a considered response to a threat that makes the petty bickering of the campaign trail fade into insignificance. This is about a cultural and ideological divide that is far greater than the differences between Labour and the Conservatives, socialism and capitalism, or Brexit and Remain. Yet the response of the political parties has been an utterly predictable reversion to type.