By Peter Paton
In the wake of the horrific Islamic Terror attack in Manchester, the UK Government should set up immediately Intelligence Hubs in the Four Major British Cities, London, Manchester, Glasgow Swansea and Belfast, to detect, prevent and combat ISIS cells from initiating attacks on high value targets in Britain.
As it stands Britain is at a great strategic disadvantage with all our Intelligence Services centralised in London, which means the eyes and ears of our spy network does not know what is happening on the ground, and grants the implacable enemy the advantage of being able to conspire, plot and execute terrorist attacks with impunity and cover on our unwitting and defenceless citizens across the land.
The other distinct handicap of having MI5 , MI6 and GCHQ based in London is that many potential graduates and recruits are discouraged from applying for positions with the UK Intelligence Services, because of the great distance, travel, cost and family upheavals involved in relocating from places like Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to take up potential spy positions in the Capital.
We are losing some of the greatest and brightest potential recruits in the fields of Counter Terrorism, Cyber Security, and Intelligence officers by not having Intelligence centres in these four major British cities, and the terrorists are being given a head start in the War on Islamic Terrorism, a battle which we must win in the West.
Peter Paton is an International PR and Strategic Adviser
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