Inevitably, we now live in a city of continual security alerts, where any suspect package is considered a threat. Inconvenient, but obviously necessary given recent events. I’m sure we’ve all been caught up in, or held up by, a security alert over the last four days. My building was ‘invacuated’ (yes, apparently, there is such a thing) on Friday: we all had to go and linger in the basement while some abandoned item was investigated on a bus right outside our building. The whole area around St. Paul’s Cathedral was shut down and blocked off. Turned out to be nothing, but weird all the same.
Anyway, it occurred to me that in order to minimise disruption what we need is some drastic ruling to stop morons leaving their baggage unattended on buses, tubes and trains. As well as destroying the item in question, they should also destroy the owner when he/she has been located. This would serve a dual purpose: firstly it would cut down on false alarms and the resultant panic and disruption they cause; secondly, it would also get rid of a few more idiots who don’t realise that walking away from a suitcase in the middle of Waterloo station in the current environment is a bit stupid.
A bit drastic, perhaps, but we live in extreme times.