We had a statement on counter terrorism policy yesterday. It makes sober reading. I intervened with a question (or my own statement!) pointing out that some vulnerable people and young people were targeted by terror groups using the argument that because bad things happen in a democracy we are therefore no better than some of the authoritarian states that we criticise.
I take the view that what distinguishes a democratic society with the rule of law from an authoritarian society is that when things go wrong there are ways of putting it right. Whether by holding a government to account at elections or in Parliament or through the courts or the press and so on. An authoritarian society doesn’t give you that option.