It takes a brave politician to raise awkward questions about the wider causes of terrorism. Such as Britain’s chaotic foreign interventions in Libya and the lessons not learned. And Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn did just that on 26 May. But there is another uncomfortable question to be asked. About how a society protects itself from terror without adopting authoritarian measures. Greater surveillance, more armed police and neighbour spying on neighbour: that is Britain right now.
But as with the arming of police and the expansion of snooping technologies, the deployment of military on the British mainland is by no means a new phenomenon.
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