Now is not the time for politics, Lord Reid

5946829399_e633991652_oToday, the country begins the process of coming to terms with the horrific attack in Woolwich yesterday.

We know little about those who have committed this brutal terror attack. Videos and photographs have brought the chilling savagery of the perpetrators into our homes.

As the Prime Minister said:

“The terrorists will never win because they can never beat the values we hold dear, the belief in freedom, in democracy, in free speech, in our British values, western values. They are never going to defeat those.

“That is how we will stand up to these people, whoever they are, however many there are of them, and that is how we will win.”

Sadly, Lords Reid and Carlise did not restrain themselves from attacking the Government even hours after the attack. It is wholly wrong for them tobe arguing for a change of policy before the details of what has happened in Woolwich are clear and before even the family of the victim had been notified. At this time our thoughts should be with the victim’s family and not on scoring political headlines.

Lord Reid was one of those responsible for the knee-jerk decision to try and introduce powers for people to be detained for up to 90 days without trial by the last government, after the 7/7 attack. That should be a clear warning of the dangers of rushing forward policy changes when the nation is in shock and of those who seek to use the politics of fear.

A far more measured response came from Lady Neville-Jones, speaking on Radio 4’s the Today programme. The former head of MI5 warned that the rhetoric of hate preaching, both online and in some mosques, saying “we need to redouble our efforts in tackling the spread of this kind of rhetoric.”

The current Government made clear in the Queen’s speech it will bring forward proposals to address the important issue of identifying who is using a particular internet address and they are right to do so. We face down terrorists by defending our values and traditions and acting proportionately, which is a balance current policy recognises.

When we know more it is right to calmly assess the lessons that can be learned, but now is not a time for politics.


  1. Guest
    23rd May 2013

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  2. Dave Walker
    23rd May 2013

    Was this an act of terrorism, an act of murder, or an act of manslaughter by a pair of mentally ill protagonists? Here’s hoping a fair and balanced trial will decide…

    • Guest
      24th May 2013

      It still isn’t justifiable to bring back the ill fought out snoopers charter.

      The terrorists hate us for our freedoms, if we end up passing that snoopers bill, the terrorists will win.

      Don’t let them win.

      • Dave Walker
        24th May 2013

        This isn’t a matter of “Snooper’s Charter” requirements.
        The principal problem with CCDP and other similar proposed legislation, is that its requirements aren’t technically achievable.

        Sure, if you put the civil liberties arguments to one side for a moment, it would be helpful to police and intelligence services, if they could monitor everyone’s Internet-based communications.

        It would also be helpful to them, if they could walk through walls, turn invisible, or fly, Superman-style. However, the reasons why they can’t do these things, are pretty much the same as the reasons they can’t monitor everyone’s Internet-based communications – at least, not without tearing down the Internet as it currently stands and starting again with a clean sheet of paper, and a set of immutable design requirements beginning with user identification and lawful intercept…

        • Guest
          24th May 2013

          I agree, even China has major problems monitoring communications data over there, they have to make an example out of the ones that DO get caught.

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  5. Anonymous
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    So we now the lords want to resurrect the snoopers charter. All I can say is THANK GOD we are still in europe. Fúck the UKIP.

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