Tuesday, May 23, 2017

MANCHESTER AND THE AFTERMATH

It is less than four hours since an explosion in the foyer area of the Manchester Arena killed at least nineteen people and injured a further fifty plus, many with life threatening injuries.

It is a developing story.   What we do know is that the Police suspect it to be a terrorist bombing possibly carried out by a suicide bomber.   There are reports of nuts and bolts littering the area which would suggest they constituted the shrapnel component of the bomb.   As we speak there are Police raids being conducted in the Greater Manchester area while the terrorist threat level in the UK has been raised to 'Severe' meaning further attacks are highly likely.   

On the plus side (if there is a plus side) the British Police and intelligence agencies are second to none in dealing with terrorist incidents.    There is extensive CCTV coverage of the scene and you can bet your bottom dollar that the authorities are trolling through the extensive footage in order to piece together what happened.

All that aside and it's just three weeks out from the UK election.    You would have to be naive in the extreme to think this won't impact on the result.   The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, needs this like a hole in the head given the widely held perception that he is soft on terrorism given his record of support for HUMAS and the PLO and his failure to condemn the IRA for their terrorist campaign.    To be fair to Corbyn and he would argue that he deplores all acts of violence.   Unfortunately for him that won't wash in a charged political environment.  

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Veteran.....All parties have suspended campaigning. ANYONE who tries make political capital out of this will find themselves in deep electoral doo doo. NO one has claimed responsibility yet and like all the atrocities so far it has all the makings of a local boy gone bad. He will probably have a criminal record and been in and out of the system for a few years....just a guess.

On the subject of political capital and at the the risk of thread jacking may I point out that the despicable turd Troll Adolph wasted no time in linking Obama's birth certificate with this outrage. Bottom line is we no longer care, even if he was born in Dargaville he was still 100 times a better president than the incumbent.

Lord Egbut

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Legbut, you cockroach, you have excelled yourself. Precisely where have I linked Obama's birth certificate with this outrage.? It's news to me.

You are outstanding in your field. The field of bullshit.

Nick K said...

On the plus side (if there is a plus side) the British Police and intelligence agencies are second to none in dealing with terrorist incidents. There is extensive CCTV coverage of the scene and you can bet your bottom dollar that the authorities are trolling through the extensive footage in order to piece together what happened.

They were meant to prevent this. They are the best in the world, but clearly not good enough. That is the very surprising aspect of this.

Anonymous said...

Nick K......No state anywhere can stop the lone wolf, nutter in an attic type of attacks. They are planned and executed with the absolute minimum involvement of other people. There is no mastermind, orders, equipment or secret codes coming from abroad, no Humint....nothing.

Lord Egbut Nobacon

The Veteran said...

Egbut ... the suspension in campaigning was a given. It had to happen. As for Corbyn and in politics perception is everything and the perception is that he is weak on terrorism given his reaching out to HAMAS and the PLO and his failure to single out the IRA for criticism. Unfair perhaps but perception can easily translate in reality at the polls.

For NK ... Egbut is on the money assuming it was a lone wolf attack although I note there is now a suggestion that he had accomplices. If that turns out to be the case then that is concerning.

Anonymous said...

Veteran...all the Tories who reached out to the PLO and IRA when it become fashionable to do so were all mentioned in dispatches.

Lord Egbut