Philobiblon: End the hysteria

Saturday, July 30, 2005

End the hysteria

I've been calling on and off for the past three weeks for calm and commonsense over the London bombings. The fact is, whatever might have happened; however many scary photos of nail bombs might have been leaked by the American security services to the American media (you have to ask why did that happen - media management if you ever saw it); 52 people have died, less than a week's death toll on British roads (the average was 67 last year).

If someone reported a week of road tolls in the same detail what might happen? Possibly some good things - a ban on city 4WDs (SUVs), more restrictions on new drivers, lower speed limits on residential roads ... etc etc. Oddly enough I've never heard a comprehensive set of calls like that.

But now the government, having already nibbled away at civil liberties throughout its terms, is planning to take huge more chunks out of them, as set out in The Guardian by one of the lawyers who has worked with Guantanamo Day detainees.

It really is time to hose down the official hysteria - for a good slap around the chops, as traditionally delivered to hysterical women in bad movies - for Tony Blair et al.

But there is hope ... I'm listening now to The Now Show on Radio 4, which is running some wonderful jokes on the subject. I enjoyed the description of stranded commuters walking home as though they were a herd of wildebeest, with mini-cab drivers cutting out the stragglers ...

3 Comments:

Anonymous Purple Elephant said...

Yes that made me laugh too, not to metion the bit where they were pointing out that half the people lending their support to the 'we are not afraid website' lived miles away from London.

8/02/2005 04:57:00 pm  
Anonymous She-eep said...

That Now Show was hilarious and stood out even more than usual because of the flatness of the previous week's programme.

8/02/2005 09:28:00 pm  
Blogger Natalie Bennett said...

Thanks folks! I guess I didn't say it very clearly above, but I think once you can laugh about something you are starting to put it in perspective. But I did cop some flack about "laughing about such a serious issue" over on Blogcritics.

8/03/2005 02:35:00 am  

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