Whisper it, the ‘T’ word

Reading the news about the letter bombs sent to various motoring agencies this morning, I noticed a lack of the T word, terrorism in many of the reports. Sounds like a cast iron case (in my opinion) for the use of such a word.

Now I don’t want to make unfounded suggestions but if letter-bombs were sent, say from an Islamic source, to say a governmental department (of which capita and the dvla are not far from being) the newspapers would be swimming with headlines such as terror threat, campaign of terror etc etc. Now I am not trying to make any sort of judgement, simply pointing out the perceptual difference that would occur if the targets were slightly different. People are still being injured, maybe the bombs are not intended to harm, but then again even the act of attempting to send such devises constitutes terrorism so that doesn’t really count.

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But I guess seeing as it’s seemingly a (white urban male) nutter with a grudge against driving laws then I guess it doesn’t qualify. Which begs the question, what exactly is terrorism? But even weirder is the complete lack of any suggestion this is terrorism, so what is it about the story that made this simply a crime and not an act of terrorism? The perpetrator (whom we know nothing about), the targets (as mentioned effectively governmental departments) or the size of the explosives?

At last

Ah those canny investigators at the Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency have finally put all of our collective minds at rest with a statement about what happened at Buncefield (the fuel depot that created the cloud of death over most of the south-east).

Evidence points to a mixture of petrol and air which ignited being the cause of the Buncefield oil depot explosions, the lead investigator has said.

Ah of course, there was me thinking is was caused by cheese.

….And not to be trumped

There appear to have been several explosions but the exact sequence of events has not yet been established.

Damn, these guys are good, so that’s what caused the huge flames and large quantities of smoke, an exp…los..ion, I see,

When are we to see Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency Investigates (HSEEA Investigates) on our screens?

Although to be fair, it does go on to say that its early days and they need to find out more. Still kind of funny though.

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