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Thoughts on the day Jul. 7th, 2005 04:18 pm
1) Well done, and heartfelt thanks, to the emergency services and TFL for their actions today - including those who created the London Emergency Plan and those who carried it out.

2) The next person to tell me that politics has no effect on their life is going to get very short shrift.

3) The "War on Terror" is not the solution to this. It's one of the primary causes. And watch out for Bush using this as an excuse to "Crack down on Terror" or weasel out of debt-relief or environmental agreements at G8.

4) Watch out also for more pro- ID card hype shortly, from a government that sees both a chance to get what it wants, and to "look like they're doing something".

5) The tube is going to be hell for a while. The upper half of the Circle line will be out tomorrow, and probably a number of other stations and sections. There will be a *lot* of false alarms in the following seeks. However, better false alarms than real ones.

6) It's 60 years since the Blitz, and a fair few years since any IRA bombs on the UK mainland, yet Londoners seem almost disturbingly pragmatic. Is there something in the water here?

From: dennyd
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 03:40 pm (Link)
We're just not so disposed towards mass hysteria as the merkins seem to be. Obviously we haven't been fully trained out of thinking for ourselves yet...
From: valkyriekaren
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 03:47 pm (Link)
The only person here who's been getting hysterical is a New Zealander - but I guess she's not had any experience of terrorism before.

Mass hysteria?

From: webcowgirl
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 05:04 pm (Link)
Geez. One massive incident and the government went to take all of our civil liberties away - and it was exactly the outcome I anticipated that very day. I have to say, the panic was well-deserved. 'ware lest the same thing happen to you.

Re: Mass hysteria?

From: dennyd
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 07:11 pm (Link)
I shall be hugely (although happily) surprised if it doesn't. ID cards are almost certainly going to breeze in on the back of this, despite them having absolutely nothing to do with it whatsoever.
From: hairyears
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 03:51 pm (Link)

Amazing, the power of common sense. That, and people like LUL staff know what to do and get on with it.

The media are extremely unhelpful and more than a little irritating. They seem to want mass panic and stuidity: great for headlines, good for sales.

60 Years since the Blitz? Just out of living memory, now. Maybe this wall-to-wall grief and angst on the box will turn us into Californians, but somehow I doubt it.

As for the politics, one of our Russians had it in a nutshell: Just as well you don't have any Chechens handy.

From: drdoug
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 04:26 pm (Link)
Maybe this wall-to-wall grief and angst on the box will turn us into Californians, but somehow I doubt it.

I think you're right. Even our "unprecendented outpouring of grief" over the death of Diana looked a lot more like a entirely-precedented oubreak of queueing.
From: thekumquat
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 04:10 pm (Link)
It's not many years since IRA bombs - therw was that kid who picked a torch bomb up outside an army base a couple years ago, and the car that blew up ellbie's wedding cake about 4 years ago.

Not to mention all the 'animal rights' bombs and fake bombs to every university and medical research place - about 5 while I was in Cambridge, and about 1 a week in Mill Hill, so I was told.

Been advised to work from home tomorrow unless the news gives an all clear for London Transport.
(no subject) - arkady
From: thekumquat
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 05:14 pm (Link)
I'm planning to come in tomorrow unless the security services advise otherwise.

Kudos to the transport system - staff at the stations I passed were doing a great job at trying to advise people with little knowledge of what was going on, especially the driver of the 74 I was on.
From: wechsler
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 05:14 pm (Link)
DLR's unfortunately not serving Tube interchanges at the moment (for obvious reasons), but the reaction has indeed been very quick.

losing liberty

From: webcowgirl
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 06:25 pm (Link)
You are damned right about the identity cards. That was one of the first things that occurred to me that would happen. I hope things don't start going as squirrely there as they have here with the Patriot act and tropical gulags and "extraordinary rendition" and keeping tags on our book purchases.
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 08:09 pm (Link)
Is there something in the water here?

I would say "phlegm", as in "phlegmatic", but that makes me go ewwwwwwwwww.
From: thalinoviel
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 10:13 pm (Link)
Londoners seem almost disturbingly pragmatic

I fear it may be that those of us who aren't actually dead simply don't give a shit about those who are. London. It's such a community.
From: valkyriekaren
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 10:32 pm (Link)
To be fair, astoundingly few people actually died. The last count I saw was 33. To be fair, I don't believe they've counted the dead from the bus bomb yet, probably because there's not a lot to go on, but still, the numbers are very low.