The idea that somehow by running away from the school bully, then the bully will not come after you is... known to be completely untrue by every kid in the playground
Ahh good to see that the government is finally cracking down on bullying in schools. What's that? You say that was actually Defence Secretary John Reid? But that doesn't make sense... unless... he wouldn't be trying to compare the deaths of 51 people to that time in 1957 when bigger boys pushed him against the wall and stole his lunch money would he?
Our Government - never afraid to admit they're responsible for anything - have taken the high road on this one. Despite the fact that most people recognise the chance of this kind of attack being carried out here escalated once we followed Bush into Iraq. Blair and company just can't see any connection... than again it's difficult when you've got your head in the sand... perhaps still looking for those pesky WMDs.
A report released by The Chatham House and Economic and Social Research Council says that the war in Iraq had boosted support, training and fund-raising for al-Qaeda:
There is no doubt that the situation over Iraq has imposed particular difficulties for the UK, and for the wider coalition against terrorism
Other voices are beginning to sound out against the PM's stance of shaking his head and refusing to listen including John McDonnell, Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington and ex-minister Claire Short who said:
"We are implicit in the slaughter of large numbers of civilians in Iraq and supporting a Middle East policy that for the Palestinians creates this sense of double standards - that feeds anger"
McDonnell meanwhile called for the troops to be brought home from Iraq:
"For as long as Britain remains in occupation of Iraq the terrorist recruiters will have the argument they seek to attract more susceptible young recruits to the bomb team. Britain must withdraw now"
He continued to say that it was now "intellectually unsustainable" to say the bombers hadn't been motivated by what was unfolding in Iraq.
We've never questioned Mr Blair's intellect. He did that himself when he decided to blindly follow another man who was once attacked by a pretzel. It will be interesting to see if Reid can keep to his bullying analogy once the funerals pick up the pace.