Three terrorist attacks over the past three months brought the issue of national security to the leading positions in the election campaign in the UK.
Attacks on the night of June 3 on the London Bridge were preceded by attacks in Manchester on May 22 and at Westminster Bridge in London on March 22.
Although the parties were forced to stop campaigning on several occasions, voting in the parliamentary elections should be held, as planned, on Thursday, June 8.
Prime Minister Teresa May, who heads the ruling Conservative Party, is forced to prove that she is the best leader in the fight against terrorism.
The leader of the largest opposition party, the Labor Party, Jeremy Corbin, whose opponents are accused of adherence to pacifism and opposition to a number of anti-terrorist laws, may be under even greater pressure.
However, the recent experience of neighboring France has shown that the threat of terrorism does not necessarily play in the favor of those parties and politicians who offer predominantly harsh measures of force in response to terror.
The French voters in May rejected the candidacy of Marin Le Pen, who sought a presidential post under the slogans of strengthening the borders, tightening action against immigrants and confrontational policies against the Muslim community in France.
Theresa May, the day after the attack on the London Bridge, proclaimed that “frankly speaking, there is too much tolerance in our country for extremism.”
Ms. May proposes to counteract the threat of an increase in terms of detention on charges of involvement in terrorism. She also highlighted the responsibility of Internet companies for spreading extremist ideology.
“We can not allow this ideology to have space for reproduction, but it is this space that provides the Internet and large Internet companies. We need to work with our allies, other democratic governments, to reach international agreements on the regulation of cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremism and the planning of terrorism, “Teresa May said.
Opposition Laborites took the opportunity to criticize personally Mei, who was formerly the Minister of the Interior, and the Conservative government as a whole, for reducing government spending on the police.
“We can not cheat on protecting the public. The police and security services should have all the resources, not the reduction of 20,000 police officers. The Police Federation warned Teresa May, but she blamed them for wanton panic, “Jeremy Corbin said on Sunday.
The British newspaper Guardian, which is considered supportive of Labor, called May’s plans erroneous, accusing the prime minister of confusing extremism with terrorism. “The editorial says that It is necessary to fight not with views that are sometimes changeable and contradictory, but with violence.
The authors argue that “May’s proposals exclude the possibility of” cooperating with precisely those people who are best able to eradicate terrorism – those who adhere to “extremist views,” but reject violence. ”
But the more conservative magazine Telegraph proves that “the government must fight all kinds of extremism, and not only violent ones.”
“We can not live in a country where attacks occur every few weeks, and now we need to use an iron fist against the Islamist cancer disease in our society,” – According to the Telegraph editorial.
Three days before the vote, most of the polls suggest that the government’s Conservative Party led by Teresa May has a great chance of winning the election. “But the poll gives contradictory predictions about the , Will the winners have a superior majority in the parliament.