Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Think, Then Show Force in Face of Security Threat; Established 1827

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Think, Then Show Force in Face of Security Threat; Established 1827

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THE Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, explains in her interview in this paper today that it is her job to keep "a cool head" as she deals with the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal, the Russian spy turned British double agent. She is absolutely right. Given the use of a nerve-agent on the attack on Mr Skripal and his daughter, there is speculation about the involvement of Russia. Indeed, the Kremlin has tried to engage in a war of words with the UK. Ms Rudd sensibly refuses to get into a verbal titfor-tat or respond to what she calls "childish games". Instead, sitting above British policing and domestic intelligence, she must wait for the authorities to do their job before directly attributing responsibility.

It is a reminder of why Ms Rudd continues to impress in her job, and her wide-ranging and personal interview shows us a very human side of someone with much more to give to our public life. While the police investigation continues, however, Britain should not look weak nor remain completely silent. …

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