It will come as no surprise to many that the Labour leadership's response to the Islamist attack in Streatham yesterday followed this same pattern of denial. Both Diane Abbott and Jeremy Corbyn could not bring themselves to call it terrorism, instead referring to it as an "incident".
This wasn't merely a case of the facts not having yet been established. As you can see from the Met's statement contained in Abbott's tweet - the incident has already been "declared as terrorist-related". Corbyn tweets 93 minutes later, during which time it is even clearer what has happened.
This is almost an exact copy of previous responses to Islamist attacks and they use the same word - 'incident' - each time.
Now let's compare their response when Muslims are the targets and not the terrorists.
When Muslims are the victims of terrorist acts it is no longer merely an "incident", but a full blown "terror attack". Gone is the appreciation for the emergency services, instead they are making political statements about solidarity, security reviews and bigotry. Where is the solidarity and urgent security reviews when it's Muslim bigots doing the bombing, shooting and mass stabbings?