WATCH: Andrew Neil makes powerful demand for action on terror


Andrew Neil gave a powerful speech on the BBC political program ‘This Week’ summing up the events of Monday night, along with the ‘choreographed response’ that happens with every attack.

It seems like Mr Neil said what we are all thinking.

He said: “Evening all. Welcome to This Week. And now, Manchester. I won’t repeat a version of the remarks I made on this programme in the wake of the Paris and Westminster terrorist attacks though I know some of your were hoping that I would.

“That apply with equal force to what happened on Monday night even more so since it involved the deliberate slaughter of the young.

“But perhaps the time for rhetoric is over and we need to concentrate more on what we’re going to do about it?”

Neil claimed the UK have fallen into a “choreographed response” when responding to terrorist attacks in the UK, “as atrocity follows atrocity”.

He added: “We condemn the barbarity, naturally. Our hearts go out to those killed and maimed the pointless, dreadful loss of life of course.

“We admire the stoicism and resolve of those towns and cities who’ve endured the full force of evil. We’re rightly proud of our brave and professional emergency services.

“We aver the terrorists will not divide us. And they won’t. Because that’s what they want and they will not have it.

“We know Muslims are not our enemy and that they have as much to fear from the Islamists within our midst as the rest of us.

“But, despite horror upon horror, we’ve yet to have a proper national conversation on what the right long-term response should be to root out this tiny but deadly cancer that afflicts us.”

He said: “Not just the security of military responses, important as they are, but the grassroots, community, local responses that would stop the evil from flourishing in the first place. Or at least nip it in the bud.

“The election campaign begins again tomorrow. Is it too much to ask that, in the two weeks till polling day those who would govern us do not return to the banalities that have characterised some of this election so far and begin instead a mature debate on what is, literally, a matter of life and death?”