Shoulder to shoulder against terrorism

Paris atrocities.
Paris atrocities.
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Leaving the European Union will leave Britain more exposed to terrorist attack, former Labour home secretary Alan Johnson is warning as he launches Labour’s campaign for the UK to remain in the EU 28-nation bloc.

Speaking in Birmingham, Mr Johnson says the attacks in Paris have underlined the need for Britain to stand “shoulder to shoulder” in the fight against terrorism.

His next bit is very interesting when he says: “The first duty of any government is to keep our country safe and I firmly believe that leaving the EU would fail that test.”

I suggest he tells his leader, Jeremy Corbyn, exactly that, because Corbyn is the man who believes terrorists shouldn’t be shot or bombed and that we should not have a nuclear deterrent.

Why can’t we still stand “shoulder to shoulder” in the fight against terrorism outside the EU?

If that’s the best Johnson can come up with regarding staying in the rotten-to-the- core EU then I’m afraid it’s a no-contest between the in- and-out brigades.

Maybe it’s because of this kind of rhetoric that the Labour Party finds itself in opposition, gifting three million votes to UKIP at the last election.

Terry Palmer

South Lea Avenue, Hoyland, Barnsley, S74