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Ban television

Wall of silence over terror threat

Panorama tonight asks the simple question: how well would Britain cope with a terrorist attack? The programme devised a plausible scenario: suicide bombs on the tube and an exploding chlorine tanker in the east end of London. The government branded it “irresponsible”, withdrew cooperation, and our dear bonkers Home Secretary David Blunkett refused to appear because the BBC wouldn’t agree to his demands (the full list of participants, a rough cut, and no interviews after his).

Everyone Panorama spoke to unofficially, of course, said it was perfectly plausible and had been discussed in government circles. But officially, the response was:

[…] it would give ideas to the terrorists because terrorists watch television.

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