Clearly, there is some fucked up shit going down just now: Buses and tubes blown up, people badly hurt, presumably some killed. Not good.
Already 5 Live have had Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes on who took time out from talking about the scenes he was caught up in to give a Churchill-esque statement about the sort of scum who would do this after yesterday’s scenes of happiness in the wake of the Olympic decision. Personally I wasn’t a fan of that: suddenly I felt the cold creep of the police state as I could see this being used to reinforce the ideas of needing ID cards and the rest. Would it have stopped anything like this? No. Do we need denoucements of terrorists as ‘cowards’ etc.? No we don’t. Let’s concentrate on the people who are hurt and effects rather than start a US-like sabre-rattling rage, achieving little except reducing freedoms of the innocent.
Update: Having heard Tony Blair’s speech I can say I was impressed. He kept it tight, to the point and with no flag-waving. Just a commitment to continue G8 (which, if it does yield some of what it promises, will be a good thing).
I was also taken aback by hearing a woman on 5 Live feel the need to defend LU (I presume pre-emptively) against the idea that they had failed in letting these devices through. Anyone who seriously ever believed you could hope to stop all determined people with bombs was always living in a fantasy land. I hope we don’t see accusations that the security forces have failed us since it will only add to the chances of any future bills to restrict civil liberties, even though they will do nothing for security, getting through.