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London is prepared for a nuclear attack – really, Mayor Khan?

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A FEW days ago, a spokesperson for Mayor Khan told the online media outlet MyLondon: ‘London has a resilient and well-established system in place to ensure key agencies work closely and effectively together to keep us all safe – this includes keeping Londoners fully informed about any emergencies.’ Really? We must ask if Khan or his spokesperson, or both, actually believe that? If so, are they being unbelievably stupid. Or are they lying? Oh, and note the phrase so beloved of those who pushed the Covid narrative as a means of destroying our civil rights: ‘to keep us all safe’.

When I was a small boy, in the depths of the Cold War, episodes such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the erection of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet move against Czechoslovakia all made the possibility of nuclear war very real. The preparations one saw then are now nowhere, so on what basis is this claim being made? Let us look just briefly at the sorts of things that are needed to establish and maintain a ‘resilient and well-established system’.

First, there has to be a continuous programme of information for citizens. How are warnings given out? Where are there shelters? What should you do? Where should you go and what should you take with you? How long should you be prepared to stay there? Information must also be given on what to expect from a nuclear explosion – the huge explosion, the shock-wave, the blinding flash and the heat that demolishes everything except reinforced concrete and vaporises anything organic; the three types of radiation – alpha, beta and gamma: how long they last and what effects they have. In the days when the BBC was a public service broadcaster rather than an organ devoted to far-left propaganda and celebrity-obsessed nonsense, this sort of information was regularly broadcast. I do not see it now.

Secondly, there has to be a system of warnings. I see no such system.

Thirdly, there has to be the provision of enough shelters for the entire population, underground to escape the effects of the nuclear explosion, with a filtered air supply, supplied with clean water and waste disposal and stocked with food. Medical aid stations should be available. In Mr Khan’s ‘resilient and well-established system’, I wonder where these are?

Next there has to be a disciplined body, properly equipped and responsible for monitoring levels of contamination and announcing when it is safe to move outside shelters. This used to be the Civil Defence Corps, long since gone. Perhaps the fire brigades have this responsibility?

Then of course, after Londoners have emerged into their flattened city, there will have to be a plan, well-resourced, to begin the clear-up and the re-build, not to mention the provision of food, water, sanitation, healthcare and security for a period of years.

So where is all this? Perhaps Mr Khan would do us the honour of explaining how his ‘system’ fits together and how it can be accessed by those who need it. Will he do so? Not likely, because the emperor has no clothes. Perhaps what Mr Khan really means is that he has a system, that he has a well-stocked bunker somewhere underground? And the rest of us? Well, ask him.

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Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley
Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley
Lt Gen Riley is a former commander of British Forces in Sierra Leone and Iraq and Deputy Commander of all Nato forces in Afghanistan.

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