Barcelona: Theresa May's former aide talks us through her response to Las Ramblas attack

'We continually face terror because a generation was radicalised by 80s and 90s preachers', says former No 10 advisor

Katie Perrior made the comments in a discussion about the Las Ramblas attack

Friday, August 18, 2017

Theresa May's former communications director has given talkRADIO a step-by-step walkthrough of how the Prime Minister will have responded to yesterday's atrocity in Barcelona.

Katie Perrior worked side-by-side with May during her first few months in Downing Street, and knows first-hand just how the Conservative leader would have responded. 

She gave Paul Ross intimate details of May's step-by-step strategy this morning, while adding that "it should give people comfort in the UK that, yes, we've previously faced this before."

Discussing the roots of the current wave of jihad, both in the UK and overseas, Perrior claimed the current terrorist threat comes from a whole generation being radicalised 20 and 30 years ago.

"Why do we face this?" she asked. "I believe we face this because in the 80s and 90s, under both Conservative and Labour governments – there’s no one particular to blame here - we let too many people in when other countries were shutting the door on them.

"Twenty or 30 years later, we find they’ve radicalised a whole generation of British-born people. That’s what’s happened in France and Spain. 

"It’s a young generation going to mosques who never would have interacted with people with these views. They would never have been offered Syria trips or training camps abroad, they wouldn’t have had access to them.

"They are led by a preacher-leader who’s so influential they end up being brainwashed."

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