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Grantham Journal column: At risk on our doorstep

By Dr Gillian Sutherland

Peter Clawson.
Peter Clawson.

It isn’t very often that I agree with Grantham MP Nick Boles on anything except the quality of food at his fish-and-chip suppers in the town’s museum.

But I must say in all seriousness I do also appear to see eye-to-eye with him on many aspects of the recent despicable events in Paris and other places.

In fact I would go even further than he does in his Journal column by adding that we might not just be at risk while visiting cities like Nottingham, Bristol or London, but possibly here on our own doorsteps on the streets of Grantham.

Murderous terrorists aren’t stupid enough to attack targets already on full alert. They might have little or no concern for human lives, including their own, but their expressed intent is to take as many innocent people with them as possible.

So where better in their twisted minds to wreak havoc than a totally unexpected and unprepared town like ours with little or no security and the fewest possible police on the beat?

Yes, I know those who are left can be highly praised for their community efforts, as can the ever more seriously depleted numbers of staff at our local and also county hospitals, but these are deficiencies which terrorists are past masters at exploiting.

It also appears to me that Nick Boles supports government plans for increased surveillance of us all, guilty and innocent, with which I could also agree, but only with the proviso that extreme caution is taken in working out any new powers which could affect us all, both beneficially or adversely.

Didn’t Adolf Hitler use seemingly good policies to promote the ultimate evil of the Third Reich? George “Big Brother’ Orwell knew the score in 1984 and ‘Animal Farm’. Let’s hope we do too!


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