Friday, July 22, 2005

Airport checks - no defence

Can somebody explain to me the thinking behind suggestions of airport style check-ins or random stop and searches for people boarding the tube?

As someone who travels underground for upto an hour and a half 4 days a week I hope we do not adopt New York style security measures. A large queue of people standing in a line waiting to be checked would be a magnet for anyone wanting to blow up themselves and a large number of innocent people.

Even if it were possible to entirely eradicate the threat of suicide bombers on the tube they would simply go elsewhere – trains, coaches, shops football matches the list is endless.

One reason why these attacks are happening is because a significant number of British citizens feel no affinity for the country of their birth. If we don’t do something to address this problem then the atrocities will continue.

3 Comments:

Blogger Glyn Wintle said...

Politics is often about appearance, not reality.

This explain both ID card and suggestions of airport style check-ins on the tube, although the reality is that they will do more harm than good (if any good at all) its easy to see how it can seem like the government is doing some thing, its easy to give it the appearance of the government trying to solve the problem.

Its also a good argument for a better educated, more inquisitive and skeptical electorate, as that is the only way round this kind of politics in the long run. In the short term it can be reduced by investigative journalists explaining it in simple terms.

6:15 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

I think we all realise that such measures would only be in place for a short period of time, only to let things slip when we think things are safe again.

This cannot be a suitable strategy, since unless we address the root cause of the bombings they will return when our "back is turned".

What would you suggest would be the best way of addressing the issue of "a significant number of British citizens feel no affinity for the country of their birth" ?

10:04 AM  
Blogger David Davies AM said...

Abandon the failed notion of government sponsored "multiculturalism" which has encouraged people to defince themselves soley by their ethnicity or religion. More on this to follow.

4:02 PM  

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