The prime minister is gone, long live John Reid!
Leaving aside the question whether there was credible intelligence about a potential baby milk explosion plot to light up the sky with the burning debris of up to ten jumbo jets – after all we've had plenty of dodgy intelligence since the Iraq invasion when political demands started to direct the security forces as to what was expected of them – there is a nagging suspicion in my mind that the way the disruptive Heathrow exercise was carried out was actually intended to further somebody's political career: John Reid, ex Northern Ireland and later defence secretary, sweeping reformer at the home office, and would-be occupier of No. 10.
With Tony Blair out of the country and John Prescott too humiliated already to make more than a cursory appearance (whilst officially remaining in charge), this was Reid's unique and only chance to demonstrate how he could aptly take the reins at a time of national crisis, chair meetings, hold news conferences, proudly declare that the police and security services were giving 100%, so we all had to make some sacrifices for our own good, and – most of all – make the name Gordon Brown sound like something from the distant past.
We better keep a close eye on this rising star of British politics who seems to emerge strengthened and unharmed from every encounter or adversary. Unlike Kennedy, a drinking habit did not halt the career of this imbiber of Scottish whisky, now a self-declared tea-total who also gave up chain smoking. A find of cannabis at his home did not make him unfit for being given the portfolio for the Home Office, in charge of law enforcement, which he soon afterwards declared unfit for purpose. His friendship with Serb war criminal Radovan Karadzic, still on the run from the international court, did not prevent him from becoming defence secretary nor does it dent his current image as the uncompromising eradicator of terrorism past, present and future. The man clearly is a survivor.
Noticeably absent from his brief official biography at the government's own website is the fact that before joining the Labour Party Dr John Reid previously belonged to the Communist Party of Britain who at the time supported the Stalinist oppression and loathed Refuseniks like Alexander Solzhenitsyn. He didn't have to change too much in order to serve under New Labour leader Tony Blair since he too is in favour of centralised government and more power for the state. Like Blair he is a member of Labour Friends of Israel, thus qualified for high office, and as an added bonus his new wife is Jewish, according to Wikipedia. This Brazilian-born film director made her debut with a titillating raunchy film about a girl's sexual experimentation in a quest for her identity as soon as her mother dies.
On balance, then, comrade Reid is cut out and destined for greater things. Britain's new charismatic leader is ready to take on the country, demand their undivided loyalty and to give up their freedoms in exchange for extending his protection, and he will rule over us with an iron will and fist. The days during his youth when he admired Stalin may not have been without purpose after all.