BBC Parliament internal email:
There has been a widespread outbreak of grumbling and tutting today in London, along with a large number of people going home instead of to work, with a certain amount of guilty pleasure.
Sorry, bad guys. We’ve been bombed before, and we just adjust our day to account for it. This is London calling.
I don’t think you can say it was unexpected, unless you’re CNN. Even NHK said it was expected, though they suggested that it wasn’t adequately prepared for. The difference in the styles of News coverage amused me. The BBC were calm and matter-a-fact, ITV was souped up calm, CNN was hysterical and NHK was panicky. Very strange.
Is it something to do with national character I wonder or just how people prefer news to be presented? If your close to where it happens do you get calmer? If Tokyo (gods forbid) or New York (Gods forbid again) were to be bombed would the BBC and ITV be panicky and NHK/CNN be calm?
This is a bit sick…