Out on the campaign trail the Manchester bombing is forcing a change of agendas. Jeremy Corbyn's speech suggesting that British involvement in foreign wars makes us a target of terrorism is both superficially true and yet entirely misses the point. The UK would be a target anyway because we have a free media which will report all such actions, giving the terrorists the publicity they are desperate to have. Our values are fundamentally opposed to theirs, especially on the equal treatment of women and men, freedom of religion and the creation of laws and Government through democratic participation. This is why terrorist attacks are indiscriminate and why they will have no significant effect - everyone who lives in this country is potentially a target and therefore everyone, bar the deranged, will continue to defy them.
On a different note, a single sheet of paper from the Green party informs me austerity
will be ended, all cuts reversed and loads of money will be available
for everything, apart from HS2. This last promise has a genuine local
appeal although the accompanying illustration - of Frays Fields in
Uxbridge - may or may not represent an area under threat if the proposal
to put the railway in a tunnel up to the Colne goes ahead.
with the Labour leaflet received yesterday, there is nothing to make me
sympathetic to the candidate himself because it doesn't tell me why he
wishes to become an MP.