This article originally appeared in The Times.

We may never know whether the Manchester and London Bridge terror attacks were meant to disrupt the election campaign, but it would certainly be in keeping with the extremists’ desire to undermine our democracy. The week of polling day is also the worst possible time for politicians to come up with a considered response to a threat that makes the petty bickering of the campaign trail fade into insignificance. This is about a cultural and ideological divide that is far greater than the differences between Labour and the Conservatives, socialism and capitalism, or Brexit and Remain. Yet the response of the political parties has been an utterly predictable reversion to type.

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