The most impressive thing about the first days of Gordon Brown's premiership has been that he has responded to attempted terrorist attacks with calmer, less rhetorical language than the British and US governments had used on previous occasions. He has united our outrage with the outrage felt by the vast majority of Muslims in Britain at attacks on their own community by desperate fanatics specifically sent into Britain to perpetrate terrible crimes against innocent people. "Not in our name," the reaction of Muslim leaders and the people they represent to any terrorist attacks on innocent people, was a response made easier by Gordon's clear recognition that it is the terrorist disease, not the Muslim people, which we need to resist. The words unite them with those, like ourselves, who opposed the war in Iraq and the whole concept of a "war against terror."
Any war against terrorism is bound to be lost because the
more furious and desperate the punitive action against the terrorists the
more terrorists will be spawned by outrage at those actions. It is a vicious
circle that sucks us into a black hole. The stronger we think we are, the
deeper we go in.
The Future of Egremont Today
As we look forward to a new academy serving both the
previous catchment area of Wyndham and the Ehenside community ‘Egremont
Today’ has started to reach families in Cleator and Cleator Moor. The
whole area served by the new school must be seen as one community. The
friendly cricket match between Egremont and Cleator, when both teams united
in paying respects to Mark Askew, who served both clubs, and Cath Giel’s
excellent article on Cleator Moor Nursery, both help to make that clear.
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