For the first election in decades, national security is on the agenda of ordinary voters. The threats of terrorism and unpredictable global geopolitics sharpens minds, and a new opinion poll shows Cameron with a strong lead when it comes to protecting the nation from external threats.
The findings, reported by the Daily Telegraph found on ‘National Security’, the ‘Nuclear Deterrent’, ‘International Negotiations’, ‘Decision Making’, and the ‘Economy’, voters trusted David Cameron over Ed Miliband. On national security and the nuclear deterrent alone, Cameron leads by a remarkable 24 points.
The news of public trust for Cameron comes as The Times newspaper publishes an editorial on the subject of combating Islamism, remarking that “David Cameron gets it. Ed Miliband doesn’t”. In a clear endorsement for the Prime Minister just days before the election, the Times editorial said Cameron is “one of the first western leaders to admit that multiculturalism has failed as a philosophy. Britain is a place of many ethnicities and religions, he has argued, but there is one dominant culture and that is British.
“Mr Cameron empowered Michael Gove, then education secretary, to address the so-called Trojan Horse penetration of the Birmingham schools system by Islamic extremists. Mr Cameron also encouraged Theresa May, the home secretary, to make British anti-terror legislation the toughest in Europe. The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act creates a new public duty to prevent people being drawn into terrorism”.
Besides the infiltration of parts of the British education system by hard-line Islamist fifth columnists, the systematic rape of thousands of young children by Pakistani-Muslim grooming gangs, and the use of spiritual influence to determine the outcome of elections in Tower Hamlets have also hit the headlines in the UK this past year. Despite the apparent undermining of fundamental building-blocks of British liberal society, Islamism is, as the Times remarks is the political issue “that dare not speak its name this election”.