Blanket airport security: a charade and distraction from the real task

I wrote my weekly column for today’s print edition of the paper before Gordon Brown announced his inevitable “review of airport security.”  The review could, of course, be an opportunity to rethink this subject along more rational lines than now. The chances, however, are that it will recommend even heavier and more intrusive blanket checks, which the Tories have this week predictably been calling for. The column explains why this would be a pointless mistake.

PS – Love Gordon’s latest attempt at world-statesman grandstanding, a “global summit on Yemen.”  Our main terrorist threat, Prime Minister (and the West’s) is not in Yemen – it’s right here, created in part by the actions and omissions of your government.  I’m thinking of  suggesting to the Yemenis that they hold a “global summit on Britain.”

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