Not having visited Paris for many years I was still surprised at how familiar the backdrops to the terrorist attacks of the past Friday appeared. For those who have lost their lives, sustained injuries or find themselves fearful the events of Friday are a very real tragedy but what response should we offer?
The French could take Friday off and still produce more than Britons do in a week. The Economist, Mar 14th 2015
With the presence of the SNP and now the Corbyn led Labour party within parliament once again the issue of the Trident replacement is becoming front page news. I have always found the discussion very interesting as while I understand the arguments for Trident as a deterrent and granting the UK a permanent security council position I still fail to understand on what circumstances it would be usable. Could we not strap a whole load of explosive to the various reactors around the UK to achieve a similar end of life of earth result at a significant finical saving. An austerity era deterrent!
With the powerful images of Alan Kurdi body saturating the press the ongoing humanitarian disaster gripping the various dysfunctional nations surrounding Europe seams to have taken a welcome step towards an engaged response.