It was on the news here the other day that residents in expensive apartments in East London are up in… well, not arms exactly because they don’t have any, but up in something because someone’s suggested arming their apartment block with missiles.
Resident Brian Whelan said those who lived at the site were wary about the plan.
“From the few people I’ve spoken to, and the security we have here, they’re not happy about it,” he said. “I don’t think it needs to be here at all.”
As Obi-Wan put it, things depend a lot on your point of view. Mrs Exile, in an antipodean example of turning things upside down, immediately declared the idea to be ‘Fucking awesome’ and said that if taxpayers have to shell out for these things you might as well get to have them on your roof now and then so you can play at being a Bond villain. Somehow I don’t think that particular thought occurred to anyone in Whitehall, but since you can no more disarm a bomb with a surface to air missile than you can shoot down such a missile with one of the tanks the Grinning Mutation had at Heathrow nine years ago (has this security theatre lunacy really been going on for more than a decade? Sadly, yes) I doubt there was much thinking going on beyond the usual what to do to make it look like they’re doing something.
Still, maybe it’ll spur a minor economic recovery in that part of London as pet stores run out of white Persian cats and diamanté collars. I’m not convinced it’ll do much else.