Following the events in Paris yesterday I feel the need to add only one thing to what I wrote yesterday. When horrible terrorist attacks take place we play straight into the hands of those terrorists if we immediately go in for a knee jerk response. What they want is for the UK to start bombing Syria. It helps their narrative. What they want is for us to introduce even tougher crack downs on freedom of speech or assembly. It wins them recruits. The only way of beating them is to stand up for British values. Tolerance. Freedom. Determination to do what we want regardless of who tries to stop us. And, of course, a very healthy distrust of both bigots and authoritarian governments.
Andy is an FE lecturer, a bee-keeper and lives in Cononley.