Despite five terrorist attacks in six months, political action to counter radicalisation is hamstrung and woefully lacking

The disclosure by the home secretary, Amber Rudd, that the Home Office is starting the search this week for someone to lead its new commission for countering extremism is indicative of the paralysis at the heart of the government’s policy on the issue.

On the eve of the Parsons Green attack, the head of counter-terrorism policing, deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu, rightly said there had been “a shift-change in momentum” behind the terror threat since the Westminster attacks in March.

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