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    Government Statement on the Paris Terrorist AttacksThis Government condemns the terrible attacks on Paris late on Friday night, and all such attacks on civilians, in the strongest possible terms. We will stand in solidarity with France and will be happy to provide assistance in anyway possible.

    As a result, given the seemingly indiscriminate choice to target Paris amongst the major cities of other NATO members involved in recent conflicts, and in recognition of the potential for British cities to be targeted as part of this, the Government is considering raising the threat level from severe to critical. Firearms units from all territorial police forces are to be immediately placed on standby ready to respond with the utmost urgency in the event of an incident. The Specialist Firearms Command of the Metropolitan Police is also to be sent immediately to the French embassy in London to protect against any possible attack related to tonight’s events in Paris.

    The Government has decided to delegate the power of closing our ports and airports to the Intelligence services and allow them to further assess the risk to our nation.

    Given the fact that England host France in an international football friendly at Wembley this coming Tuesday, the Government will recommend to the relevant parties that the game is played behind closed doors. Television and radio coverage will continue to be available as normal.

    The Government has been informed that all French borders are now closed until further notice, and is also aware that Glasgow Warriors are due to play Racing 92 in a European rugby game in Paris tomorrow afternoon. Until a decision is made by the French authorities or EPCR as to whether that game will go ahead, it is emphasised that diplomatic staff are available in Paris to provide essential services and contacts, and will be able to provide emergency euros, to rugby fans and all other British citizens in Paris for as long as the border remains closed. We urge the relevant authorities to ensure safety remains the top priority given the terrible circumstances, and consider whether these matches can safely proceed with a crowd in attendance.

    The United Kingdom will continue to stand up against terrorism, and we will not rest until all those responsible for these attacks are brought to justice. Such attacks can never be justified, and our utmost priority at this difficult time is the protection of civilians by whatever means prove necessary.
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    Well, that was about as reactionary as expected.

    The threat level shouldn't be raised to critical, that is for expectation of an imminent terrorist (or nuclear) attack, not for allies being attacked, and will negatively impact the country for no reason what so ever, I trust those working at JTAC and in the intelligence services are correct not to make this elevation.

    Second, I do not feel it necessary to deeply men to the French embassy unless the embassy itself requests the met to do so, they will have their own security and it sends the !message that this government is either withholding information, or that they believe the French security to be poor, it should merely be a reiteration that we are willing to deploy men should they want them.

    Finally, whilst maybe the match tomorrow should be rescheduled, and probably would be regardless, the friendly at Wembley should not be done behind closed doors, but extra vigilance and security should be advised.

    This statement merely does what the terrorists want: to cause panic and disruption.

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    The Attacks were a tragedy of course they were , I agree in deploying all armed police but closing airport is going to far
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    I'd prefer a nuke on Raqqa.
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    (Original post by Josb)
    I'd prefer a nuke on Raqqa.
    Good to know you're safe at least.
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    (Original post by PetrosAC)
    Good to know you're safe at least.
    I don't live there, they don't care about my town.
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    (Original post by hazzer1998)
    The Attacks were a tragedy of course they were , I agree in deploying all armed police but closing airport is going to far
    We aren't closing airports, simply delegating the power in case it needs to be done
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    (Original post by hazzer1998)
    The Attacks were a tragedy of course they were , I agree in deploying all armed police but closing airport is going to far
    What do you expect from reactionaries?

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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    What do you expect from reactionaries?

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    My comment above.

    Also, what did you expect? Anything constructive would be better than just calling us reactionaries.
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    (Original post by PetrosAC)
    We aren't closing airports, simply delegating the power in case it needs to be done
    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    What do you expect from reactionaries?

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    But Even Then , that's going to far , why not delegate that power to local shops while your at it ?

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    (Original post by PetrosAC)
    My comment above.

    Also, what did you expect? Anything constructive would be better than just calling us reactionaries.
    Might want to reread the first post, I edited it rather than make another.

    Should be little more than the real government: a token statement and reiteration of being able to contact the embassy sort of thing.

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    (Original post by hazzer1998)
    But Even Then , that's going to far , why not delegate that power to local shops while your at it ?

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    Why would we delegate the power to close airports to local shops? Should be more coherent.

    Should the threat of an attack increase here, the option is there to be acted on quickly.
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    Crikey. It's all about sport, isn't it?
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    (Original post by PetrosAC)
    Why would we delegate the power to close airports to local shops? Should be more coherent.

    Should the threat of an attack increase here, the option is there to be acted on quickly.
    I was being Sarcastic , Currently as it said there is no evidence to suggest their is an immediate threat to the UK , Yes there is reason to be vigilant but not to close all airports and ports
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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    Might want to reread the first post, I edited it rather than make another.

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    Apologies

    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    Well, that was about as reactionary as expected.


    The threat level shouldn't be raised to critical, that is for expectation of an imminent terrorist (or nuclear) attack, not for allies being attacked, and will negatively impact the country for no reason what so ever, I trust those working at JTAC and in the intelligence services are correct not to make this elevation.

    Second, I do not feel it necessary to deeply men to the French embassy unless the embassy itself requests the met to do so, they will have their own security and it sends the message that this government is either withholding information, or that they believe the French security to be poor, it should merely be a reiteration that we are willing to deploy men should they want them.

    Finally, whilst maybe the match tomorrow should be rescheduled, and probably would be regardless, the friendly at Wembley should not be done behind closed doors, but extra vigilance and security should be advised.

    This statement merely does what the terrorists want: to cause panic and disruption.

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    We are not changing the the threat level as of yet. It is simply under review as a threat of an attack is heightened.

    You may be right on the second point. However, the safety of citizens is paramount.

    We considered having the match go ahead with extra-security and vigilance, but considering that there would be significant dignitaries too, quite possibly royals. Furthermore, it is only a friendly, and it's better having it behind closed doors than cancelled.
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    (Original post by hazzer1998)
    I was being Sarcastic , Currently as it said there is no evidence to suggest their is an immediate threat to the UK , Yes there is reason to be vigilant but not to close all airports and ports
    We are simply preparing given the heightened threat of attack
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    (Original post by Simes)
    Crikey. It's all about sport, isn't it?
    They're the only major events involving Brits in France or involving France
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    Whilst I agree with the sentiment of this statement wholeheartedly, I fear that such public reshuffling (delegating power to close airports, raising the threat level, interfering with matches) will cause an unnecessary amount of panic and disruption (indeed, this is what the terrorists want). Issuing any other statement, other than a statement of solidarity, has the potential to do more harm than good. In my opinion, inaction is currently the best policy.
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    The British Empire shall never fall!!! Her Majesty The Queen and her godly powers as the Supreme Governor of The Church of England and Defender of the Faith will protect us!
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    (Original post by PetrosAC)
    Apologies



    We are not changing the the threat level as of yet. It is simply under review as a threat of an attack is heightened.

    You may be right on the second point. However, the safety of citizens is paramount.

    We considered having the match go ahead with extra-security and vigilance, but considering that there would be significant dignitaries too, quite possibly royals. Furthermore, it is only a friendly, and it's better having it behind closed doors than cancelled.
    The threat level is pretty much constantly under review by JTAC, since it is their job to set it based on the definitions of the threat levels, if there is no intelligence suggesting that an attack is imminent there is no reason why it should be put up, and there is never any reason for the government to put it up (bar if we finally get something from the crisis committee that could necessitate it). The people employed at JTAC are paid to work with SIS, GCHQ Defence Intelligence Staff, the Met Counter Terrorism Command, and others to assess the threat and act accordingly, I think they're much better qualified to make the decision than a bunch of ministers who will only get a fraction of the information.

    What has sending men to the French Embassy without their consent got to do with protecting British citizens or their safety?

    So you decided that instead of taking reasonable precautions you would give the terrorists exactly what they want?
 
 
 
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