Rational Brits, Nutty Tories
The good news is that the Brits are responding rationally and robustly to Muslim terror. The bad news is that the opposition Tories - who might form the next government - are totally deranged.
The two passengers were asked to leave Monarch flight ZB613 from Malaga to Manchester, apparently because other passengers became alarmed that the men were wearing heavy clothing and kept checking their watches. Cabin crew informed the Spanish authorities of the passengers' fears and the men were taken off the flight.But 13% of Brit Muslims think the July 7 bombers were martyrs - that's 200,000 of the UK's 1.6 million Muslims. Most of these will be young males, so it's very sensible to avoid flying with any that dress or behave inappropriately.
Patrick Mercer, the Conservative homeland security spokesman,described the incident as a victory for terrorists.
"These people on the flight have been terrorized into behaving irrationally. For those unfortunate two men to be victimized because of the color of their skin is just nonsense."
Especially if you're returning from a vacation where your flight out was massively delayed and you were penned and subjected to multiple humiliations; measures justified by your government as essential to thwart a Muslim plot to murder thousands.
But New Tories think such robust common sense is irrational, and that's terrible news for Brits and their allies - at some point Blair's socialists will implode, and the UK will be governed by fools like Patrick Mercer.