I wasn't going to write about the Norwegian massacre because it has rather fallen from the front pages – then I realised that was precisely the point. Had it been the al Qaeda atrocity that many initially suspected, things would've been different. Today's press would've been dominated by commentary about 'Norway's 9/11' and the 'New Nordic Front in the War on Terror'. We would no doubt be told that there was now 'nowhere to hide' from Islamic fanatics.
“Is Scotland next” the red tops would've asked, as they picked over David Cameron's latest security review. We would be told that the Glasgow Airport bombing four years ago should have alerted us to a change in the modus operandi of international terror. Columnists would have been arguing that it is because 'politically correct' countries like Norway are so naïve about multiculturalism that they have become vulnerable targets for Islamic fanatics. Rebekah Brooks had she still been a Murdoch editor, would have flown to the scene offering free mobile phones to the victims' parents.