After the London Bridge attack, the Tories must account for why their ‘jihadi jails’ have so far failed

The contrast could not have been sharper. David Merritt, the father of the first named victim of the London Bridge terrorist, responded: “My son, Jack, who was killed in this attack, would not wish his death to be used as the pretext for more draconian sentences or detaining people unnecessarily.”

But he had barely uttered the words before Boris Johnson was vowing to introduce a “tougher” sentencing regime that would, in the words of the headline writers, “lock terrorists up and throw away the key”.

Related: Jack Merritt: London Bridge attack victim described as 'best guy'

However long convicted terrorists are locked up, with the exception of a limited number, they are all going to have to be released eventually

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