This attack, like that at Manchester, was then an attack on us all. It requires a response that reflects that. Little can stop a person once they have launched such an attack: at that point life is likely to be lost whatever happens. But prevention is possible.
This country can afford 10,000 more police officers.
And the intelligence that they can bring.
As well as the sense of security that they might supply.
It can afford these officers without cuts elsewhere. There is underemployment in this country. The capacity to increase our security exists. And every police officer employed pays taxes, and then spends what they earn to people who pay tax, and so on and on. In that case because there is underemployment the real cost of engaging those officers is minimal. Bizarrely, Dian Abbott may have been right on that point, although it is clear she did not know why.
And we must afford those officers. Because what is at threat is our freedom. The physical threat to each of us is, realistically, tiny. But the threat to our right to enjoy life is real, and this morning many will be feeling that.
The right response across the political spectrum is to commit to more policing. But it is also to commit to building a society in which our freedoms can be enjoyed.
No amount of policing will stop nutter attacks. But, you know vermine…..