We have over 3000 Islamic extremists on terror watchlists in this country today. They are monitored at a cost of over £9 billion per year and should this ‘wait and see’ policy go wrong we end up with the blood of an eight-year-old girl spilt on our streets.

We, the public, know what needs to be done – remove the cancer within, but our political leaders are paralysed like rabbits in the headlights as they continue with the policy of denial in the hope that it all goes away.

That isn’t leadership. That’s cowardice.

Did Churchill wait for Hitler to attack us before declaring war on the Nazis?

Did Nelson wait at Trafalgar until the Spanish fleet fired and attacked first?

No they did not.

They recognised the threat and they took pre-emptive action to neutralise that threat. Yet our present politicians cannot even bring themselves to acknowledge where this current threat is coming from.

It’s coming from Islam and the policy of pulling the duvet over your head whilst lying still and holding your breath may have been successful at defeating monsters under your bed as a child, but this threat we face isn’t an imaginary one and it won’t be defeated by closing your eyes and being quiet.

Theresa May is being exposed as more Mavis Riley than Iron Lady and is seeing her lead in the polls disintegrating as her handling of this crisis is one of abject failure, full of platitudes but lacking again in any real action. It’s reminiscent of her time as Home Secretary where she talked tough but when judged on results she was found wanting again and again.

The nation needs a strong leader to deal with this threat and the public are realising that she just isn’t up to it. Instead of dealing with the threat decisively she has yet again fallen into the trap of doing nothing, and it’s this policy of inaction which now puts every single one of our children in the firing line.

Are you happy with that?

Is that an acceptable response to the barbarity which visited my home city of Manchester this week?

When the Quran states that is acceptable to kill the unbeliever there are people out there who will act on it. Of course moderates will say that this is not Islam and that these acts are against their religion. This sounds plausible as we are told that ‘Islam’ means ‘Peace’. If this is the case, if what we are told is true and that these terrorists are acting on a misinterpretation then why not change the wording to remove the ambiguity?

Re-write the verses which are apparently being used to brainwash these people to become terrorists and make it clearer for the believer to see the apparent true message. Better still remove the verses entirely. After all if you are a moderate and have no intention of following these calls to violence and terror then their inclusion is surely an irrelevance, isn’t it?

However this practical, rational and reasonable suggestion will be ignored because the Quran is a written record of the words of Allah and therefore is perfect. Which means that it cannot be changed by the hand of man. So these verses, which the moderates claim are being misinterpreted, will remain in place, despite them being very explicit in the way that a true Muslim should act, often in ways and at odds with the values and laws of our liberal society.

Successive governments have failed to act decisively in confronting this issue and the extremism which it produces. This policy may have been the pragmatic approach to take during the pre-1990s when radical Islam existed mainly in the Middle East, but the open door immigration since then has allowed it to arrive into the UK, where it has now gained a foothold.

It will get worse, not better, unless we change our approach.

The rules of the game have changed. We have over 3000 people being monitored by the security services and the refusal of this government to stop Jihadists from returning to the UK after fighting for ISIS has now put us all at risk. This mentality is now living among us and to adopt a wait-and-see approach is, in my opinion, exposing us all to unnecessary  risk and all for the sake of political correctness.

After seeing the pictures of those who died in this week’s attack we can all see that this could easily have been any of us, or our children or our loved ones. It could have been any of us and unless Theresa May takes these known Jihadists off our streets now, then it will be more of us.

This is not acceptable.

When the government fails to represent the demands of the people then the real danger arrives when people come to the conclusion that they may have to deal with it themselves. I consider myself an educated, rational and reasonable person and if I am beginning to think that this may be the only way to stop these Jihadists and make our political leaders do what needs to be done to ensure that no-one else’s child must face this threat, then this crisis is about to become much worse than it already is.

Theresa May needs to step up and do what we all know needs to be done and she needs to do it now. Inaction is no longer acceptable and the public will not allow it to be brushed under the carpet any more, as our children are being targeted and slaughtered.

Enough is enough.

This will only be solved by our security services being freed from the shackles of political correctness and allowing even scarier men with guns the ability to target these Jihadists living among us.

No more inaction, Prime Minister, we are past that now.

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