On Wed, 28 Feb 1996, John Birtwistle wrote:
> From your comment I presume that people carrying bombs on buses are
> commonplace where you live. It is still rare enough in London to be
> regarded as somewhat unusual. (One of the reasons I prefer living on
> this side of the Atlantic!) Consequently when documents in the bomber's
> house suggest other "targets" it would be stupid of the police not to
I wouldn't call carrying bombs commonplace, but I do know that crime, in
general, is worse here in the US than you experience in England. I must
apologize if you took my message wrong, but I really wasn't being cold
hearted. It wasn't long ago that we had a bombing in Oklahoma City,
where about 2/3 of my family lives. None of my relatives were hurt, but
it was devastating just the same, as I'm sure the Double-Decker incident
must have been.
> I don't for one moment think that swapping red coats for more
> conventional army gear makes a whit of difference. Do not, however,
> underestimate the power of the tabloid press here to exploit a story of
> the "why aren't we protecting our Queen?" variety.
Ugh, the tabloids. Aren't they carrying freedom of speech (or the press)
a little too far! One would think that they could be sued for harrasment
for the way they hound "celebrities". I saw a report once that showed
how they constantly stake-out Princess Diana, peeping over fences,
trampling her in the airport, etc. They are a general nuisance! I
wouldn't blame her a bit for sticking a rifle out the window and taking
pot shots at the reporters.