Nick Booth: Fear, loathing and disruption aside, terrorism won’t change our lives one jot

I’m determined not to let terrorism change my way of life – once I’ve adapted to all the new lifestyle changes.

So let’s be positive.

OK, I might have to impose a total media blackout on myself for a while. Probably best not to read a paper, watch TV or go online. It’s bad enough when someone gets killed. But it’s the excited reactions of the media munchkins that I find really insulting and depressing. So I won’t switch on the radio in case I hear an offensive rant by James Owen-Lee-Child on LBC radio, London’s Biggest Condescension.

Still, mustn’t grumble, eh?

Maybe I’ll cycle along the river to Hampton Court. The bridge is trickier to negotiate now, because there are these massive ugly concrete monoliths blocking access. They’re on all the major bridges. And at train stations. And airports. And arenas. In fact, anywhere in the UK where people might come together. Each encounter with a concrete monstrosity is reminder that someone somewhere wants to kill –

– Whoa!!! Look out!!!

Oh, hang on, it’s OK. Sorry, for a second I thought that van over there was coming straight for us. Yeah, as I was saying, these terror attacks aren’t going to change the way I see the world.



Build bridges, not walls, I say. But then you might want to put some walls on the bridges, because people might try to repay you for your bridge-building by trying to kill you. Not just you, everyone has to be wary of attending concerts, eating out or just heading into work or school.

It won’t change our way of life, mind. It might change the cause of death for a few people though.

These acts of terror usually hit a small number of people. The secondary wave of fear is designed to hit us all. They want to see us divided. You know the sort of thing: our language and styles of public discourse being changed. Our social media conversations being policed and our TV stations oppressed by heavy-handed thought management.

But they won’t succeed, will they? Nothing will change. Apart from our thoughts, words and deeds. And freedom of movement.

Still, let’s not let terrorism change our way of life.

Nick Booth

  • TheRightToArmBears

    Train stations?
    When and why did railway stations become train stations?
    Who decreed that we are now railway customers and not travellers? HMRC also refer to us as their customers instead of taxpayers.
    This is manipulation of our folk memory of ourselves in order to morph us into a malleable mass more easily controlled from a central government.
    Nothing about it gives me any confidence that their intentions are good.

    • Nick Booth

      When I worked in a Met Police van depot, when wheel clamping and car removal was first introduced, all the furious immobilised drivers had to be described as customers. When these incandescently angry car owners inevitably phoned demanding to know why they had to pay a newly legalised ransom, they were greeted with the words, “Thank you for calling the Metropolitan Police Bermondsey Communication Centre.”

      • Bik Byro

        “When these incandescently angry car owners inevitably phoned demanding to know why they had to pay a newly legalised ransom…”

        Because they had selfishly parked their car illegally?

    • Bik Byro

      Yes, yes, calling it a “train station” is a part of a big government plan to “morph us into an easily controlled mass”
      Now check your tinfoil hat for leaks, take your medication and wait for your ACE inhibitors to kick in.

    • Little Black Censored

      Not only have you the best pseudonym but you write good sense.

    • Well, it had to change, since somebody else appropriated traveler, further obfuscating clear meaning. Train station came about here to differentiate from bus station I suppose. Traditional American usage was railroad depot. It changed mostly with the coming of the various Union Stations, I think.

    • Dave S

      British and American railway terms are very different. We use sleeper the US tie. Signal box here and tower there. Driver here engineer or hogger there. And so on. I rather like it and learnt both.

  • AncientPopeye

    You are so right, bury our heads in the sand and pretend Sharia and the Muslims are not there, RIGHT?

  • GOM

    Indeed. They’re bloody RAILWAY stations..

    • Nick Booth

      Sorry, I didn’t realise. I chose the word train over railway as it’s shorter.

      • Bik Byro

        No need to apologise. The two words are completely synonymous in modern English. Old fogeys might bristle that “train station” is more of an American import but it doesn’t make your use of the word any less correct.

        • Royinsouthwest

          If he is British he ought to write British English.

          • Bik Byro

            British English? Many if not most of the words in our vocabulary have come from another country at some point in time. Language is not fixed in time, it is an evolving thing.

  • TheStoneMan

    There is nothing quite so effective as self-censorship.

  • Uusikaupunki

    “Europeans across the world will not be able to walk the streets safely if they keep up their current attitude towards Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned”

    The Independent 22/3/17.

  • Colkitto03

    Spot on Nick,
    UK police increasingly armed and dressed like paramilitaries.
    No rubbish bins at main line stations or on the tube
    Parliament and Number 10 are unapproachable fortresses.
    Queuing for body and bag searches just to go to into big public events.
    Internet privacy increasingly under threat.
    Anti terrorism legislation misused, abused and implemented not for original purposes.

    But they won’t change the way we live!

    • Nick Booth

      What I find upsetting is that it turns people against each other.

      There are several media munchkins I could name who take great delight in each tragedy, as it gives them the chance to do their ridiculous displays of formation moral grandstanding. You can feel the excitement as they deliver those speeches they’ve been saving up for such an occasion. Speeches that do nothing to achieve harmony, because they are primarily designed to make the speaker look good, while subtly fingering other people for the divisions in society.

      There’s a bloke on LBC Radio whose dishonest schmaltzy public emoting reminds me of the ghastly American T evangelists of the 70s. (Jerry Falwell was one name I remember). They were always bursting into tears and pretending to spread God’s love, while cynically profiting from the mayhem. If only there was a God, these people would surely be hit by a thunderbolt by now

      • Colkitto03

        Very much agree,
        Although not terror related, Grenfell is a good example also.
        The TV news channels have trapped themselves in an never ending cycle of both fawning sympathy and virtue signalling their empathy for the ‘residents’.
        This means they can no longer critically review anything relating to the actions of the ‘community’ for fear of being seen as uncaring. I sense they are trapped like this now for years. Logical analysis or reporting is now impossible.
        We now have a scenario where any request from a resident be fulfilled without question, regardless of how rational or reasonable it may be.
        In line with you say I feel this is turning people against each other. I truly believe that the general population’s view of the Grenfell ‘community’ is now becoming increasing negative.

        • Reborn

          ‘I truly believe that the general population’s view of the Grenfell ‘community’ is now becoming increasing negative.’
          I’m sure you’re right.
          Many Grenfell residents were immigrants who were low paid servants
          to the London bourgeoisie, or even illegals.
          They mainly lived in subsidised flats, often sublet, & decent people
          found themselves incarcerated alongside undesirables.
          Meanwhile Guardianistas benefitted from the low wages they were
          able to pay their servants, since the taxpayer subsidised their accommodation.
          At least pre war employers of servants gave them bed & board & did not expect the rest of society to foot the bill.
          Stand by for “Justice for Grenfell” virtue signally from C list celebs.
          The irritating term “justice for” is meaningless when used in such cases,
          indeed most cases

          • Colkitto03

            Yes, well said.
            The MSM influence on this whole affair is poisonous.
            The media want bitterness, anger, and sensationalism. They will give endless airtime to the ‘serially outraged’.
            Its completely unhealthy. No-one wins but the ratings.

          • Along that line, and a bit off topic, it’s been interesting listening to the residents of the BVI yelling for mommy to kiss it with money and make it better, while American residents of the Florida Keys are increasingly angry that the government wants to keep them safe by keeping them from going home and starting to clean up their own mess. Not saying one is better, but it’s an interesting juxtaposition.

          • Colkitto03

            I think this is absolutely on topic. Myself, my wife and my son were discussing this only this morning.I think there is a big cultural distinction. The attitude of Americans is much more positive. Watching their self reliance is humbling. There was a time when the UK was just like that. In a way many millions of Brits still are, (they are called english) they just don’t put them on the telly.
            Americans have not been coddled by the state to the same extent. I take my hat off to them, they fill me with admiration.
            The only mitigation I would offer is that the worst elements of the British TV media go fishing for these whinge-bags in the BVI.

          • I know there are, I’ve met many of them, a good bit like us, in fact, or more correctly we are a good bit like them. This was, and in many respects still is, a hard country where the old rule, “Make it last, fix it yourself, or do without.” still holds sway. The equation changes when you live 45 minutes to an hour from the emergency services, as I have most of my life. That’s likely why our city dwellers are more like the average Brit. And yes, the media makes your people look worse than they are, and we easily see the contempt for those like us, as well. Which here, as there, is heartily returned.

          • Tricia

            Mine certainly is! They appear on the TV screen demanding to be heard, demanding to be housed, demanding compensation no doubt. Most of them are not British citizens – why don’t they go home! Why does the British tax payer have to pay for them living in the London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea? Most of us struggle to afford a hotel room for the night in London. If the rich want servants let them house them. It is not a social housing issue.

          • Colkitto03

            Absolutely.
            This disaster has opened a window into our capital city and given the rest of the UK country a new perspective on what London is really like..

      • amorphousblob

        James O’Brien?

        • Nick Booth

          YES.

        • Reborn

          A bully who brooks no dissent.
          He openly loathes the great Nigel F. “there’s a smell of UKIP hanging around in this studio “etc & calls those who want national independence racists (which is plain pig ignorance) or Little Englanders.
          Despite his malevolent politics & overt bias the BBC employ him on
          some fading BBC 2 politics show.
          Quelle surprise !

    • Bik Byro

      Lots of evil forces change the way we live. If there were no evil forces in the world we would not have : an army, a navy, an air force, a police service, courts, prisons, yale locks, padlocks, burglar alarms, self defence classes, passwords for websites, antivirus software … our lives are already totally governed around protecting ourselves, I don’t see the issue here.

      • Colkitto03

        You are 100% correct. My last line above was insincere. My point though is that the establishment insists that nothing will change the way we live. That is a lie, as your post and your examples underline.
        The media and the Government want us all to be in denial.

        • Bik Byro

          Yes, and it is depressing to hear Sadiq Khan make statements like “Terrorism Is Part And Parcel Of Living In a Big City” as if we should just accept it.

          • Royinsouthwest

            As has been pointed out elsewhere Tokyo is one of the world’s biggest cities and has not had any problems with terrorist apart from an attack with poisonous gas by some domestic wierdoes a few decades ago.

          • Colkitto03

            good example!

          • Reborn

            The Japanese have the toughest immigration rules of all First World
            countries.
            Being ferociously proud of their history (apart from WW2 era, which they
            regard as a misjudgement), they are overtly & unashamedly racist.
            UK politicians have been embarrassed by comments such as
            “we know that you have problems due to Africans & Arabs being
            allowed into the UK” are made without apology as a statement of
            fact.
            They like Westerners, however, if they have valuable skills.
            I have 2 friends who have worked there & one brought back an elegant
            Japanese wife.

      • Royinsouthwest

        There are none so blind as those who will not see.

    • Well, they have here, to an extent. When combined with increasingly lawless cities, brought to us by the same politicians. What has changed? The American public has increasingly decided that our defense is ours to implement – that the government has failed. Note also that many of our police, especially the rank and file, agree. There is a reason why Obama was the greatest gun salesman in history – to the point that for years it looked more like we were preparing for war, nothing remotely militarily useful from the last hundred years was available.

      America has become quite a tough target, because we don’t really believe our politcians.

      Like the man said, “We are mad as h*ll, and we’re not going to take it anymore”. I recommend it highly, it is the precursor to a return of the rule of law. If you watch the nuances you will find the story in “Who Shot Liberty Valance”. It’s not a specifically true story, but it is the story of how we got here, good men replacing bad lawless ones.

      • Colkitto03

        I think that you guys fought to keep your guns is probably the single greatest reason why democracy still has a chance in the west.
        Never, ever, ever give them up.
        I live in a country where the state has minimal respect for its citizens. They think we are all children to be moulded and manipulated.
        Our only saving grace is that the British Army still loves the UK (even if our politicians don’t)

        • Not ever going to happen. I had one guy trying to tell me how our military would find it easy to confiscate our weapons, my answer was one word -“Afghanistan”. We invented guerrilla warfare (against the Crown) and our skills have been sharpened the last few years. Back in 1940 we scared Yamamoto, if he could see us now.

          Ours hold us in just as much contempt, the difference is at some level they are afraid of us, as it should be.

          You know, I have never, ever heard an American that knows anything, essentially from the French and Indian War on, say anything bad about the British Army – some of their leaders, sure, but never the troops. And you know, they taught us well. Just about the only military that we consider our equal, even if smaller. That has something to do with the ‘Special Relationship’ as well. In all the ports of the world, the White Ensign, is the flag of a friend indeed.

          • PAD

            Thank you.! Your boys gave their lives twice last century to help us directly against Germany and its axis.
            If the power here doesnt start protecting us properly the way things are going we’re going to need our boys right here sooner or later.

          • Well, it crosses my mind occasionally, back a few years ago when we were mucking about in Libya, you could almost hear the sigh of relief all across America when the Sheffield came into Benghazi harbor, battle ensign proudly flying.

  • Owen_Morgan

    I was in Edinburgh, just a couple of days ago, and the High Street now has barriers all over the place. I’m not quite sure why they have to be so conspicuous, in yellow and black.

    What is not conspicuous is the politician prepared to name the threat for what it is: muslim. Our government, the media and the self-appointed “élite” all conspire to pretend that there is no common denominator to link these attacks. It’s odd that the response to all these purportedly mentally deficient “lone wolves”, from the Firth of Forth to the south coast, is the same. One might almost suppose that wolves hunted in packs.

    • Nick Booth

      They are very quick to point the finger of blame at other times. When that fight took place in Harlow, between two set of people of different ethnic origins, for some reason the BBC’s John Sweeney felt he was qualified to act as judge and jury over that one. Even though he wasn’t aware of all the facts. It was all the fault of Brexit, he proclaimed. It’s a shame, as he’s normally quite a decent honest reporter. It shows the collective crowd madness that is sweeping across the media herd.
      Surely there should be some some of mental inoculation of reporters. Many of them have lost the plot. Mad pundit disease is ruining the media. Some of them need to be put down, I’m afraid. They’ll have to be put out to pasture on game shows.

      From now on, nobody should be allowed to report on a socially sensitive issue unless they have a license. We need a license for our telly. They should have a license for broadcasting their opinions.

      • PAD

        Sweeney was being a c…t&prompted the eastern european interviewed to say Nigel Farage had blood on his hands.
        To top it all the bloke that died was pissed &with his mate started to harass&bully some young people..one(or more)of them was black and didnt like the racial slurs (who would?)
        The BBC &Sweeny are f….g provocateurs…all because they hate the idea of Brexit.

  • Bik Byro

    So your alternative is what? That we remove the concrete blocks? Good idea. Take the Yale lock off your front door, leave your car doors wide open whenever you park, write your PIN on your cashpoint card and go for a stroll every night in an unlit street without a torch as well.
    Of course terrorism forces us to be more vigilant and put measures in place. And?

    • Nick Booth

      My point was that people keep making glib statements about how terrorism won’t change our way of life.

      When it plainly does. In ways I tried to point out. I wasn’t complaining about the level of protection, but the fact we need it. And the fact we are in denial about why we need it.

      Thanks for commenting though. You’ve taken my mind off work for a bit.

      • Bik Byro

        Well, terrorism will not stop me flying on an aeroplane, will not stop me going to rock concerts, will not stop me walking down the high street and will not stop me getting on a train (getting on a ‘rail’? (sic)). To that extent, it will not change my way of life.

        If, as a consequence, I have an extra security check at the airport, have a small bag check on the way in to the rock venue or onto the train, or have to navigate some barriers on the pavement, then I’m happy with that.

        In the 1970s there was a “four minute warning” siren down the road from my parent’s house. It was tested every month and made an incredible din.
        So these inconveniences are not new.

        Has making these changes really changed my “way of life”? Maybe to a tiny extent, but these small things allow me to carry on doing the big things, the enjoyable things, my “way of life”.

        • Nick Booth

          Fair point.

          If your way of life is splitting hairs, you’re laughing, as things will only get better.

          • Little Black Censored

            Touché!

      • Reborn

        The most contemptible pseudo liberals tell us that we must not stoop to their level’
        i.e. resist & retaliate.
        Failure to do so would result in total defeat as every conflict in history shows.

    • Royinsouthwest

      Mark Steyn, the Canadian journalist, pointed out that people who are against secure national borders are responsible for the creation of thousands of internal borders in the form of concrete blocks around potential targets.

      It would be much better if in recent decades we had had a sensible immigration policy instead of the treacherous one that successive governments have imposed on us without any electoral mandate.

      • Bik Byro

        I completely agree. However, sadly, we are where we are. Like the Irishman in the joke “If I was going there, I wouldn’t start from here” – but here we are.
        If we can talk maturely and robustly about immigration without being called a racist, then maybe there is hope, but don’t hold your breath and in the meantime let’s keep the concrete blocks.

        • PAD

          And in the meantime start rounding up the 20,000 plus who want us dead.
          How and who the f…k has allowed this to happen?

    • paul parmenter

      The steel barriers and concrete bollards will only make it more likely that the next atrocity will be performed somewhere else. That thing about bolting horses and unbolted stable doors.

      Hey ho. Only about another million bridges, shopping malls, theatres and arenas to go.

      • Bik Byro

        Sad, but true. Your point about stables and horses is very accurate.

      • More like flood defences on a river. You position them in one place and the water bursts its banks further down stream.

      • Reborn

        The authorities are in the foolish & dangerous position of knowing exactly
        who our enemies are & where the threat comes from, but being in
        denial. Even making us pay for their schools to produce a new generation
        of enemies.
        Reminds me of the satirical German play The Fire Raisers.
        A city is plagued by arsonists & Mr Beidermann rents out his spare room
        to 2 foreigners who go out at night & store cans of petrol in it.
        Being a respectable, conformist liberal type he refuses to put two & two
        together.

  • UKCitizen

    I think the key point here is not that it is changing our way of life or not, but that we are doing these things because we do not wish to address the real issue.
    As normal everyday human beings, the majority of us, avoid conflict and will go out of our way (change our way of life) in the process.
    Some thugs always congregate on a street corner – avoid it.
    A bully picks on you down a certain street – take another route.
    Your neighbourhood is changed by immigration – move elsewhere.
    Your countries demographic is changed without even asking you – mutter and moan but just accept it as the current zeitgeist.
    People blown up, young girls groomed and raped, you marginalised in your own country – all part of living in a multicultural society – live with it.
    First they came for the…

  • Ravenscar

    ‘concrete blocks’ Cosmetic changes are just what they suggest – trifles, they can’t line every street and village in England, now can they?

    Who are they trying to protect?

    One ponders, at the incalculably monstrous changes effected on the nation, to our culture and ever so not subtly done. Most if not all of it, ‘thanks’ to almost brutally enforced multcult and thus certainly one could arrive at the conclusion that when the authorities ‘dream up protection’ it’s certainly not done for ‘our’ benefit but to show that ‘we are doing something’ aye not much, not much at all and never are the real problems addressed.

    The veneer of “governmental action” is a molecular thin patina, if they were really concerned, but then this is and all of ‘our’ past administrations going back to Heath, not ‘our’ government – is it?

    The first thing a proper government would do, you know a government dedicated and sworn to protect their own people, would be, to shut the gates.

    • Reborn

      Having shut the gates, start a brisk policy of repatriation or just plain expulsion.

    • boomslang74

      And a few mosques.

  • English Advocate

    It would be helpful if the MSM didn’t act as the terrorists’ publicity arm given that these incidents are now, regrettably, not uncommon. Terrorists currently have a very cost-effective business model: 1) hire van 2) run down some people on a pavement 3) get 72 hours rolling news coverage on BBC/Sky etc.

    • Reborn

      Trouble is the alternative is the Rotherham Solution.
      Pretend it’s not happening, & watch it get worse.

      • AKM

        No. The alternative is that the Police do their job and the MSM report the atrocity as a normal item of news, as they would any murder, then move on.

        • Reborn

          Your infinitely desirable alternative is quite impossible to achieve.
          We live in a multicultural state now & the laws are applied differently
          to muslim colonisers.

  • Steve

    Is the writer suggesting that we adopt the Burmese response to Muslim terrorist attacks?

    • boomslang74

      Er, no.

  • boomslang74

    Yup, pretty much sums up my feelings whenever some cretinous, cowardly politician (Andy Burnaham say) says after the latest islamist atrocity, “We will not be divided, we will not change, blah blah blah… ”

    Oops, too late.

  • The fear of an external enemy is every wannabe despot’s dream! In addition to the physical casualties of terrorism, the real danger is that the threat of terrorism will make us Brits give up all the things we hold most dear. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, equality under the law, democracy, independence, self-sufficiency are all on the chopping block in the battle against “extremism/terrorism”. The “progs” are positively salivating at the prospects!

    • Roanoake

      Our current PM has form in that regard.

  • Sean Toddington

    I grew up in Northern Ireland. Islamic terrorism isn’t changing our way of life because the level of it is insignificant. If you have the misfortune to live in a society where terrorism is a real and present danger, I can assure you it does change your way of life.

  • Ozfan

    The incremental nature of these responses means we are like lobsters being boiled, not noticing the bigger picture. We are expendable to a large extent.

    Our Governments are NOT taking the bold and proactive steps needed to protect the population.

    Instead our liberties and way of life are eroded.

  • greencoat

    ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ – that slogan used to mean ignoring the enemy while working to destroy him; today it means ignoring the enemy while he works to destroy us.