John Reid's speech today on the July bombings was deeply depressing. He rejected calls for an public inquiry into the bombings, which is clearly the only way that the facts of the tragedy can be established with any confidence. Instead we have only a "narrative" told by the police and the intelligence services. And he made it plain that there will be no change in the direction of the government's misguided counter-terrorism strategy, which is suppressing political discussion and putting minority communities under siege, and risks creating new recruits for terrorism.
John Reid said that he wants to turn people away from terrorism and show that "engagement can bring about change for the better in Britain's society." Then he set out three key policies that will in fact have exactly the opposite effect. Instead, SACC is proposing three policies that really would reducethe risk of a terrorist attack on the UK
- Read the full SACC statement
- Reid rejects 7 July inquiry calls - BBC report
- Full report from the Intelligence and Security Committee
- Government response to the report from the Intelligence and Security Committee
- Survivors renew calls for inquiry - BBC report