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Reassured yet? Jul. 7th, 2006 09:23 am
Ah yes, lots of day-glo coppers standing around tube stations chatting among themselves. I can only see it as a complete bloody waste of resources.

Still, keeps them from arresting people for offending inanimate objects.

From: valkyriekaren
Date: July 7th, 2006 - 08:42 am (Link)
Well, I didn't get nearly blown up today, unlike a year ago. Frankly, I'm counting that a much more successful start to the day.
From: cookwitch
Date: July 7th, 2006 - 12:41 pm (Link)
*nods* I hear you.
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: July 7th, 2006 - 10:12 am (Link)
Still, keeps them from arresting people for offending inanimate objects.
[snork]
From: dennyd
Date: July 7th, 2006 - 11:07 am (Link)
I imagine a lot of people felt reassured. Perhaps falsely for the large part, but even that's better than nothing - a lot of people are going to be a touch tense today, anything that helps can't be a completely bad idea.

Terrorism is about terrifying the public. Reassuring the public therefore seems to me to be one way to fight it.
From: valkyriekaren
Date: July 7th, 2006 - 11:35 am (Link)
I agree. The fear, confusion and anxiety of last year is not something I want to feel again. Being stuck underground at Kings Cross and then swiftly evacuated onto a street teeming with terrified people was an incredibly unpleasant experience and I must admit I approached my commute to work this morning with some trepidation.
From: wechsler
Date: July 7th, 2006 - 11:43 am (Link)
It's not fighting the problem at all, it's just state-sponsored delusion. Of all the things the police could have been doing to reduce the risk today, standing around station lobbies in hi-vis gear chatting to each other has to some pretty low on the list.

OK, perhaps the initial reponse time to any incident would be reduced (although the in-force response time would probably be greatly slowed), but by then it would be rather too late.

Personally I strongly object to the government's attempt to placate or fool me this way, when they use terrorism as cover to strip us of civil liberties and yet refuse to tackle the root causes of the problem, and Blair makes insane inflamatory comments like this.
From: cookwitch
Date: July 7th, 2006 - 12:43 pm (Link)
You only saw the public face of it. I'll ask my brother in law what was going on behind the scenes, I suspect there was more going on than we ever got to see.

There was a pretty large amount of people commenting at Kings Cross at to how they were glad to see the police there today.
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: July 7th, 2006 - 12:53 pm (Link)
Of all the things the police could have been doing to reduce the risk today, standing around station lobbies in hi-vis gear chatting to each other has to some pretty low on the list.
There may not have been that much practical that those beat coppers could have been doing (maybe cordoning off a house so that someone could get shot in the shoulder and panic increased, but ...). However, the psychological effect on the public was probably pretty reassuring, and that, in itself, can be valuable.
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