Alleged plot to kill PM






TMay the most unpopular British PM since Neville Chamberlain in 1940


British statesman and prime minister Neville Chamberlain (1869 – 1940) at Heston Airport on his return from Munich after meeting with Hitler, making his ‘peace in our time’ address. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)



by Dr John Bahadur Lamb, Lecturer in Criminology and Security Studies at Birmingham City University

“Two men are in Court today accused of planning to kill the Prime Minister. Such plots are not uncommon and, thankfully, the excellent security services which the UK has usually foil them before they get beyond the planning stage.

However, we must remember the saying from the IRA that we have to be lucky all the time whilst they only have to be lucky once.


Given the current threat status in the UK, the likelihood of an attack being successful is increased, as the security services attempt to monitor more 20,000 individuals who may pose a risk. This is an incredible task and is on top of their other duties such as dealing with hostile foreign intelligence services, for MI5, and dealing with everyday crimes, for the Police.


That they have been successful so far demonstrates their commitment, hard work and close coordination between intelligence agencies and the police. Yet we must not become complacent and we must not reduce budgets as otherwise we are inviting disaster.”