Seven killed in Islamist attack on London

What happened?

Seven people died and 48 were injured in an attack by three Islamist terrorists at London Bridge on Saturday night. The terrorists drove a van at pedestrians before running through Borough Market and stabbing victims. ISIS claimed responsibility.

Theresa May promised to consider several legislative responses, such as increasing police powers to issue control orders and investigate potential offenders. Jeremy Corbyn criticised the Tories for cutting police funding.

What the British media are saying

The Guardian’s Matthew d’Ancona said the attack, combined with the Manchester bombing last month, demands a firm response. The “ideological phenomenon” of Islamist extremism “cannot be tolerated or contained with half-measures for fear of causing offence”. May clearly intends to increase sentencing for terror-linked offences, and wants the “tech giants” to take more responsibility.

The Spectator’s political editor James Forsyth suggested a few other ideas. “We need to consider whether leaving the UK for certain states that have a particular terrorist problem, for example Libya, should require an exit visa”. We might also use “Singapore-style rules to prevent public housing from becoming racial or religious ghettoes”, and tighten the rules on foreign funding of religious institutions.

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