Thursday, July 07, 2005

Terrorists blow up London trains, buses; Africa suffers

I actually think that Blair has been pretty good on terrorism, and most of what he said up in Gleneagles today was the right thing, but this mindlessness can’t pass without comment:
It is particularly barbaric this has happened on a day when people are meeting to try to help the problems of poverty in Africa and the long term problems of climate change and the environment.
Spare us the G8 self-importance, Tony. The fact that you’ve been pulled away from your plans to save the world from itself has no bearing whatsoever on the degree of barbarity of what’s happened.

4 Comments:

Blogger mamapajamas said...

I am sure that you are already doing this, but please for me let your British friends know that the heart and soul of America is with them today.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Richard John said...

I was listening to Ken Livingstone who was speaking from Singapore and doing a good job. Until this....

Having made the point that the terror attacks were not aimed at the world leaders but rather the average guy on the street Livingstone says ...." it is aimed at ordinary working class people...".

Sigh.

Around half the population of Britain consider themselves middle class. It is likey that the dead and wounded will include lots of bankers, lawyers, professionals as well as builders, rail drivers and tradespeople. Setting aside the dubious use of "class" in any case, it would be nice of Ken to be the Mayor for London at this time and not the Mayor for Londons working class.

Is there any chance anyone will pick this up in the media? Unlikely. What if a Conservative Major had said "... aimed at average Middle Class people..." would such a stupid statement get picked up by the press (BBC et al) - oh I think so.

7:36 PM  
Anonymous RAS in USA said...

I have to agree with you, it made no sense to me. Good to see we are on the same page sometimes.

2:41 AM  
Anonymous Mark said...

Hi Scott. Already conveyed my sympathies to you by e-mail. Our thoughts here in the U.S. are with you.

To Richard John:

We've heard the comments here about the bombings hitting "the working class" the hardest. For what it's worth...

We've also gotten word about how the Mayor of London has expressed his sympathy in the past for a certain radical sheikh. It's ironic he's voicing solidarity with the killed and injured now. Does this represent a change of heart? I hate to say it, but based on his past comments, I'm doubting it.

11:00 AM  

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