Speaking to the nation for the first time since a man drove a van into Muslims standing outside a North London mosque early on Monday morning, Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to stamp out Islamohobia.
Mrs May said that there has been ‘too much tolerance of extremism,’ but she also said that Britain’s core values including ‘tolerance’ wouldn’t be broken by terror attacks.’
She added: “Terrorism, extremism and hatred take many forms, and our determination to tackle them must be the same, whoever is responsible.
“This Government will act to stamp out extremist and hateful ideology, both across society and on the internet.
“And we will establish a new commission for countering extremism in the same way that we have fought racism.”
This speech will predictably lead people to question what Mrs May has already been doing to fight extremism in the wake of other terror attacks in the Capital, and what it does prove is that she will now be fighting this battle on a number of different fronts.
With so many similarities between far-right and Islamist extremism, it will be interesting to see just how much of a ‘one size fits all’ terror strategy she will adopt in the coming days and weeks.
At the same time, it cannot be denied that the last thing people will want to see is some sort of vicious cycle of violence that has been repeated throughout history all over the world.
There will be some tough decisions ahead.