Tales From the Bitface (Posts about election 2017)https://devilgate.org/enContents © 2020 <a href=”mailto:martin@devilgate.org”>Martin McCallion</a> Thu, 11 Jun 2020 11:58:22 GMTNikola (getnikola.com)http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssLosing the War on Terrorhttps://devilgate.org/blog/2017/05/27/losing-the-war-on-terror/Martin McCallion<p>The front page of today’s <cite>Guardian</cite> has a picture of what it looks like when you let the terrorists win:</p> <p><img style=”display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;” src=”http://devilgate.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/96237412_27may1national01-1-1.jpg” alt=”96237412 27may1national01 1” title=”_96237412_27may1national01 (1).jpg” border=”0” width=”330” height=”257”></p> <p>Armed police used to be almost unknown on British streets. Now they’re becoming alarmingly commonplace. I saw two outside Liverpool Street Station yesterday; armed, like the two above, not just with pistols, but with big, two handed things that most people would call “machine guns.” This increasing militarisation of the police was taken a step further this week when the Maybot ordered actual troops onto the streets. And I read that armoured vehicles were going to be deployed at the FA Cup final.</p> <p>Armed police on a beach: why? Was there a reasonable expectation of some sort of attack on <em>Scarborough beach</em>? And if there was: would weapons have helped? Armed police would not have stopped the tragedy in Manchester.</p> <p>The aim of the terrorist is to cause terror. All this escalation does is make ordinary people feel more worried, more scared. Worry and low-grade fear aren’t terror, but they’re on the same axis. Overreacting like this is playing into the terrorists’ hands. As well, of course, as being a cynical political move in the runup to an election whose calling was, itself, a cynical political move.</p> <p>Meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn gave speech <a href=”https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/may/25/jeremy-corbyn-links-foreign-policy-to-growing-terror-threat”>making reasonable, uncontentious points about</a> the links between foreign policy and terrorism. Predictably the right-wing press and Tory politicians went ape.</p> armed policeelection 2017policepoliticsterrorismTheresa Mayhttps://devilgate.org/blog/2017/05/27/losing-the-war-on-terror/Sat, 27 May 2017 18:11:18 GMT