In 2015, a Manchester cop warned Theresa May that Tory cuts put the UK at risk to terrorism.

Just in 2015, Theresa May, then serving as Home Secretary, was confronted by a Manchester policeman about the sad realities of Tory cuts to police budgets, and the dangers this created.

He explained to May how community policing had collapsed, intelligence had “dried up”, and police were practically handicapped. He pointed out how local policing was essential to the prevention of terrorism.

This perspective was shared by many at the conference, naturally prompting May to verbally attack the officers. Unsurprisingly, this was then seen as Theresa May being ‘strong’.

With this officer’s warnings to the then future Prime Minister, it is then unfortunately difficult to be surprised at recent events. In the 5 years of the coalition government, police funding dropped by 20%, leaving the police forces in a “perilous state”, while Theresa promised further cuts should they win the 2015 election.

As this officer warned, police have been forced to leave much of the necessary work ignored, which helps explain why the Manchester bomber was still successful despite being reported to the authorities 5 years ago by a Muslim community worker.

This sadly proves you cannot keep communities safe with an underfunded police force. Police work best when they have a good relationship with both the government and their local communities, and due to Tory cuts, the British police have had neither, and with deadly consequences.

I would love to see June become the end of May, but I am not hopeful.

Unsurprisingly, ISIS is Trump’s ban’s biggest fan.

The Independent reports:

Al Qaeda, Isis and other jihadi groups are thrilled with US President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration targeting Muslim countries, describing it as proof that the US is at war with Islam.

Extremist social channels are calling this new ban “blessed” for fuelling growth in anti-western sentiments, much like the invasion of Iraq.

Nobody should be surprised. Islamic extremists have always perpetuated the idea that the west is at war with all of Islam, as a method of fueling recruitment and radicalisation.

After 9/11, President Bush recognised this, and made it clear the US was at war with terrorism, not Islam. Obama did the same. They refused to play into the hands of the extremists.

Unfortunately, Trump doesn’t share the same tact.

“[The ban] plays into this clash of civilisations idea, which is something that global jihadis need as fuel, to claim Americans are against them, that the West is against them,” Dr Renad Mansour, a fellow from the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House, told The Independent. “Trump is seen to be validating what they already claimed was happening.”

While both Bush and Obama had flawed foreign policy, it’s clear that ISIS and extremism will not be defeated under President Trump.

Javad Zarif, the foreign minister of Iran, one of the countries affected, tweeted that the travel ban “will be recorded in history as a great gift to extremists and their supporters”.

What a mess.