Letters Since yesterday's bombings of the transport network in London, we have received several letters from our readers offering sympathy and condolences to London and the UK. We'll get to those in a moment, and thank you for your kind thoughts.
But first, we need to address another issue, one that is certainly floating around in the thoughts of many of you, and is probably one that has occurred to numerous spin-doctors and politicians out there too. That of the politics of terror, and the precarious balance of freedom and security.
Suffice to say, not may of you would be impressed with anyone trying to make political mileage out of the attack on London, yesterday:
And if Tony B or Charles Clarke decides to use this as justification for ID cards I swear I will force my way into downing street and slap him.
Time to find a hotel to stay in....
Chris in Hammersmith.
OK - Of course we're all rather shocked and saddened by the explosions and casualties in London, but getting back to an IT related angle on it...
How long do you think it will take before the government turns around and blithely informs us that "ID cards would have helped to prevent this tragedy"? Doubtless they'll then rush headlong into rushing something through parliament with anybody not agreeing being called "unpatriotic"... ring a bell anywhere?
So far they seem to be resisting the temptation, but we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for any indication that they've changed their minds.
will today be a good day to get bad news out ?
Almost certainly. Whether anyone would be stupid enough to put that in an email again, though, is another matter entirely...
It is interesting to note that a coordinated onslaught is possible in London despite a formidable amount of surveillance cameras everywhere in the city. These will no doubt allow investigators to build a detailed account of how the events unfolded, and they will almost certainly show the faces of the people responsible. The main issue remains though: a veritable cosmos of cameras was unable to prevent this from happening. Not a nice thought.
I keep being laughed at when I tell people that we just need to love each other a little bit more. Or maybe even a whole lot more. Apparently that's a childish thing to ask. We seem to prefer a reality where you can't take the bloody tube to go to work for fear of being ripped to shreds.
I like my idea of reality better.
I didn't know where else to send this, and I'd like to express my condolences to the citizens of the United Kingdom for the more than thirty killed, and ten times as many wounded. The attacks likely took place in large part because of actions the United Kingdom has taken in support of my country, the United States. I'll remember the cost that the United Kingdom has paid this day.
I can only hope that members of the staff of The Register have not been injured or killed, or members of their families.
I read The Register everyday and love the combination of news and wit. It is with great sadness that I heard of the bombings today in London. I don't know where in GB your headquarters are, but I pray that no one on your staff has suffered personal loss. Please extend my condolences to your entire staff. Your entire country is in my prayers.
Dave Nordquist USA