‘They have given me somebody else’s voice – Blair’s voice’

When Tuesday’s Sun featured one of the iconic images from 7/7 alongside the headline ‘Tell Tony He’s Right’, the implication was clear: the victim backed the PM’s tough anti-terror measures. There was just one problem: John Tulloch doesn’t. In fact, he tells Ros Coward he is angrier with the politicians than the bombers

On Tuesday, the Sun’s front page evoked memories of the July 7 London bombings in a shocking way. A huge picture of a blood-soaked victim dominated the page. Under the banner “Terror laws” was a large picture of the victim with the words: “Tell Tony He’s Right.” The implication was clear: this victim had spoken to the Sun and was calling on the public to back Blair’s tough terror bill, defeated in the Commons last night. The Sun’s strong and emotive front page was mentioned several times on other media including BBC Radio 4′s Today programme and the World at One. It was widely recognised as a key element in sending a message to Labour waverers that those whose opinion on the bombings is unimpeachable – the victims – were strongly in favour of the government’s hardline stance.

Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2005/nov/10/media.media

Lost in London

Stockwell station is somewhere I go a lot. My family use it all the time too. It’s not somewhere I particularly like; it’s always a bit edgy. There was an armed bank robbery a few years ago and drug dealers hang around late at night. But edgy is different from what happened yesterday when heavily armed police chased a man on to the tube there and shot him dead in front of terrified passengers. According to witnesses there was blind panic and passengers emerged from the station crying and shaking. The local vet’s, better known for its sensitive treatment of bereaved pet owners, was commandeered for witnesses of a suspected suicide bomber. Surreal was the word someone used and that’s what London now feels like to me. Yesterday’s event was another in a series that is transforming Londoners’ familiar home patches into alien, unfamiliar territory.

Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/jul/23/july7.comment

We got it so wrong

This atrocity exposes the wilful self-delusion of western liberals who want to believe that humanity is essentially good

The events of September 11 dealt a terrible blow to our self-perception as western liberals. We always suspected that we, the postwar generations, were peculiarly privileged but also soft and untested.

Now we have witnessed an act of terror which has quite literally first terrified and then pulverised 6,000 people in front of our eyes. This experience has dealt a grave psychological blow to our liberal belief system.

Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2001/sep/25/september11.usa5

Under the rainbow

A black child misbehaved. The white lifeguards refused to act

Huge relief has followed the arrest of a suspect for the bombing of London minorities. This is not just because it feels safer again but also because no more complex explanation is demanded than the craziness of one individual. As a result, understanding has been left to the ‘rainbow alliances’ tendency. Vigils led by Outrage tell us Britain’s ‘minorities’ will continue to assert their rights and that the new heterogeneous, rainbow Britain will not be dented by ‘racist scum’.

Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/uk/1999/may/11/uksecurity.roscoward