Thank goodness an alert citizen's tip off led to the capture of the second terrorist bomber in Boston. It was excellent he was taken injured but alive after a fire fight. I have always been puzzled why British police shoot outs end up with such a high percentage of dead suspects. Are they better shots than the Yanks? I doubt it especially given the US gun culture. In military ops for every fatality you get 9 wounded. UK police statistics seem to be the reverse of this. The only reason I can think of is UK police are using soft nosed bullets. The increased potency of such ammo was shown in the Day of the Jackal when his last shot with a mercury tipped bullet totally destroyed his target melon. Such ammunition is illegal for military use under the Geneva convention. I would be very happy to be contradicted in my thoughts on this matter.
A Neil had a go at Hilary Benn today on the manipulation of Labour MEP slates by the union Barons. Benn did say that the final positions on the slate will be determined by a vote of ordinary Labour members. You won't get that in UKIP as Farage will choose the regional slates and the candidate order therein. It will of course be presented as an NEC decision but surely only the feeble minded will believe that canard. So if you want party democracy don't join UKIP join Labour.