Last night a 60 year old woman was stabbed to death at Russell Square in London, and five others injured. A 19 year old man was arrested at the scene.
Early reports are focusing on the attacker's mental health issues, with terrorism not being ruled out.
Here we meet the authorities greatest PR challenge, and a potential boon for Islamic State whereby they achieve some of their aims, whilst doing little or nothing. The authorities, political elites and religious organisations have spent so long enforcing the view terrorism is nothing to do with Islam, large swathes of the general public no longer believe anything they say after major incidents such as this.
Consider the BBC. It cannot bring itself to refer to Islamic State as, Islamic State. It is the so-called Islamic State. In nearly thirty years of conflict in Northern Ireland, and despite contestation in the Republic movement over the name, they never once referred to the 'so-called IRA'. Ulster loyalists who felt the Ulster Defence Association did not speak for them, were expected to suffer the indignity of the name's daily usage by the press, whether they liked it or not.
The murder of Father Jaques Hamel could hardly be more religious. A French priest has his throat cut at the alter during communion by two Islamic State supporters crying 'Allah Akhbar'. Yet the immediate response of some of our elites is to say the exact opposite in explanation.
In pubs, cafes and clubs across the country, the masses are now laughing at this. Many people now assume that when they are told an attack is not terror related, it is. They are beginning to see terms such as 'attacker with mental health problems' as a euphemism. That cynicism is unhealthy. It aids some of Islamic State's aims of causing dissension and division. It discredits the other work of the police, security services, media and politicians.
It is ultimately far worse for community relations, and the future of the country, than the truth. Whatever Russell Square is, it should serve as a reminder that this politically correct nonsense has to stop.