It is 15 years to the day since the July 7, 2005 suicide bombings in London. These were the first Islamist terror attacks that the UK had experienced, leaving 52 dead and around 700 injured.
Since then we have had a Labour Prime Minister declare that “the rules of the game are changing” and – after suffering a spate of Islamist terror attacks in 2017 – a Conservative Prime Minister warn that “enough is enough”.
Yet neither party was quite able to back up tough words with policies to match. A persistent threat remains. The stabbing in Reading last month that left three dead and several injured was the fourth attack linked to someone on the radar of the police or security services in the last seven months.
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