Friday, July 08, 2005

Fear and panic, or not as the case may be

It may be recalled that press release from the organisation apparently claiming responsibility had a little line that read:

And this is Britain now burning from fear and panic from the north to the south, from the east to the west.

Well Taunton, which is really South-West (but it is too much to expect terrorists to understand geographical nuance when their history is so deficient), was remarkably absolutely the opposite. Yesterday it was discussed in work as news came through, today hardly at all.

A strike at London is unevitably a strike at all of us. There are very few people in the UK who do not have friends and family who live and work in and around London, who might be passing through the centre on any given day. The quoted line confirms this was the intent.

Nothing makes our attackers more impotent than their irrelevance, and apart from some obvious inconvenience (but no more) in London they are truly irrelevant throughout the country today.

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