London bombs

The police have raised the death-toll to ‘at least 50’.

I think London will cope pretty well with this – we’ve been brought up with terrorism, on a smaller scale, from the IRA, and ever since 911, Bali and particularly Madrid, it was pretty clear that sooner or later it would happen here as well. That doesn’t make it any better for those directly affected, but it does mean that the population as a whole was psychologically prepared for it. I think we have to treat it like a big train-crash: try to make sure that all possible precautions are in place to prevent it, and emergency plans are in place to respond to it; and when it does happen we hold an enquiry to see if anything could have been done better. But what we mustn’t do is let it change anything important. Shit happens. Life goes on.