One year on: Lessons of the London bombings:
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)
7 July 2006
The official commemoration of the July 7, 2005, terror bombings in London, which killed 52 people, is being used by the Blair government to justify even greater powers of repression.
Behind the crocodile tears that will be shed today, the government is indifferent to the suffering of those involved.
Nothing testifies more poignantly to this than the paltry compensation offered to the victims and their families.
For example, Nader Mozakka, who lost his wife in the bombings, has received just £5,500 in compensation, while Martine Wright, who lost both legs, was awarded £110,000.
The government’s commemoration is a shameful attempt to manipulate public grief, so as to suppress any critical discussion on the political lessons that must be drawn from the worst terrorist outrage ever committed on British soil.
As far as the government is concerned, the silence on the circumstances surrounding July 7 and its political background will extend far beyond the two minutes set aside to commemorate the victims of the attack.
The Labour Party government of Prime Minister Tony Blair spent the days leading up to the anniversary opposing the demands of relatives of those killed and maimed for a public inquiry into the bombings.