As the country reels in the face of yet another abhorrent terror tragedy, the British public today both mourn and condemn last night’s tragic events in London.
The UK emergency services are heroes to whom we all owe our lives; the swift actions of the police, paramedics, and NHS undoubtedly prevented further tragedy in the London Bridge area. These people regularly work exhausting long shifts saving lives while on declining, frozen salaries, and in poor working conditions. Yet the government rewards them by treating them with utter contempt: with Theresa May as Home Secretary, police budgets were slashed by £332million, leaving Britain the smallest police force in 40 years. Nurses’ salaries have seen a 1% increase since 2010, while hospital funding cuts have cost thousands of lives in overstretched hospitals. With another Tory government, we can anticipate further devastating cuts to our public heroes, as May sneers in the face of the public sector by falsely claiming that “there is no magic money tree”.
This comes as yet another kick in the teeth for public safety concerns, after a 2015 letter from senior police chiefs had already WARNED that May’s security cuts would leave Britain exposed to more terror attacks. The events of this year have tragically proved these warnings right.
As Home Secretary and now Prime Minister, Theresa May is directly responsible for implementing cuts to policing services, which mean that community officers have been severely hindered when gathering intelligence on suspected extremism in the UK. Before these cuts, bobbies on the beat were able to monitor and gather precious on-the-ground knowledge of radicalisation. Seven years on, Conservative cuts have recklessly destroyed this community orientated role and given the police an impossible mountain to climb.