The London Bombings of July 7th, 2005


Consequences after the bombing

Even as the bodies were pulled from the wreckage of the bombing sites, authorities were already beginning to spin.

Remember when they called the suicide bombers’ work one of clean skins, people who were unknown to the police? In fact, at least one of them was under surveillance.


A month after

A month after the bombing, Tony Blair summoned the British Press to Downing Street on August 5th, 2005 to announce his great plan to fight extremism and terror.

“Time and again, over the past few weeks, I’ve been asked to deal firmly with those prepared to engage in such extremism.”

There’s 12 major initiatives announced at that conference to taint the terrorist threat

“Let there be any doubt that the rules of the game are changing.”

This was a way to divert from his other problems.

A drafted anti-terror bill was already in the works. A few days after the London Bombings, the Home Secretary took the extremely unusual step of inviting members of the opposition parties to seek agreement by working with him.

Mark Oaten, MP, Former Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesman:
“There was a great deal of critical pressure on him. His first instincts was trying to bring the political parties together to seek agreements.”
David Davis MP, Conservative Home Affairs Spokesman:
“Charles Clark said we will as far as heavenly possible to do this by consensus. That was the trust of what he said.”

The Home Secretary was fully in snap with the mood of National Unity after the bombing.