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Date published: 2005/07/07

The BBC says:

A series of bomb attacks on London's transport network has killed more than 30 people and injured about 700 others.

Three explosions on the Underground left 35 dead, two died in a blast on a bus and another died later in hospital.

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the bombings had "the hallmarks of an al-Qaeda-related attack".

Prime Minister Tony Blair promised the "most intense police and security service action to make sure we bring those responsible to justice".

Mr Blair, who had returned to London from the G8 summit in Gleneagles, condemned the terrorists and paid tribute to the stoicism and resilience of the people of London.

"They are trying to use the slaughter of innocent people to cow us, to frighten us out of doing the things that we want to do," he said in a televised statement from Downing Street.

Well we all knew this was coming. Presumably al-Qaeda (or whoever) would claim they are doing this because of British involvement in Iraq, but of course this will not change UK policy there one iota. The only real impact will be that Blair and his government will seek even more dictatorial powers. Blair claimed in the past that he wanted the dictatorial powers because people would blame him for not preventing it if there was a terrorist attack in the UK, but of course nobody has now that it has happened. Needless to say, the media has spent the entire day talking about the bombings. But in Cambridge, a mere sixty miles away, life continued as if nothing at all had happened.

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