The last 24 hours have been a mad frenzy of media interviews, but I and the other families and survivors are really pleased that we got our point across.
I started with News 24, at 3pm yesterday when I got back from Norwich, then did BBC and ITN, Channel 4 news live (with the fab Jon Snow who gave me a big kiss), various pre-records which I have lost track of because my phone was going bonkers at the time, local news programmes, various radio things and the long day finished with me being invited to do a live panel on Newsnight at 10.30pm, with Jeremy Paxman, ( who liked my shoes and nudged me under the table when he wanted me to challenge one of the panelists). I'd already pre-recorded a long report with Richard Watson a few weeks ago, but it was great to be part of the programme and see Paxo in action. Did lots of newspapers, followed by 5 Live at 11.35pm ( who I did again this morning). Went home, did emails, bed at 1.45am, up again at 5am to do Breakfast. Adrenalin can get you quite far.
Newsnight can be seen here
. Channel 4
here. Yesterday's C4 news here
. Other survivors and bereaved family members covered Sky, C5, the BBC, CNN, and many, many more international, national and local media interviews - I am still gathering what we have covered and have missed a lot but am pushed for time and still have 57 emails to reply to before I shut down the PC...
Yesterday we were on every single news channel, all day long
, (which was amazing as well as bloody scary), and today we reiterated our point by handing in a letter to the Home Secretary's Office, formally asking him to respond in writing to our lawyers to our calls for an inquiry. I kicked this off by doing a live interview on BBC Breakfast at 7.10am and breaking the story officially, though we'd leaked it earlier. Then I did a zillion radio things, checked how everyone else was doing with their stuff, took over 50 calls/texts, wrote a press statement with James Oury our lawyer and then went to the Home Office to face a barrage of cameras and do about ten more interviews, and hand the letter in.
(Pressure grows for a 7/7 inquiry
You can read the text of our letter here
in the Guardian and on Sky News here
. Other names of survivors and bereaved have now been added to the letter (including Danny Biddle whom I caught up with on BBC Breakfast this morning when we both went on the programme to talk about the need for an inquiry.)
John Reid has released a statement saying he will give our letter 'very careful consideration' and get back to us.
Here is some more of today's coverage: it is the main story in most of the newspapers. Yesterday it was the main TV news story for 18 hours.Mirror
front page: '7/7 meets Bluewater'Voice of the Mirror 'Five ruthless men found guilty after Operation Crevice in the country's longest terrorism trial are behind bars.
But their convictions have raised questions about the London bombings that can only be answered by an independent inquiry.''Calls grow for an independent inquiry
)''If MI5 was diverted from pursuing Khan and Tanweer, but remained suspicious of them, then the logical step would have been to alert Special Branch to keep them under watch. It is not fanciful to suggest that had this simple measure been taken, the victims of 7/7 might still be alive''
( Today's Telegraph leader)Mail 'Victims in new call for a 7/7 inquiry''
, MPs to review evidenceEvening Standard 'MPs who cleared M15 to review evidence'Daily Express 'M15 let terrorists slip through net'Guardian '7/7 victims deliver inquiry demand'Guardian Comment
: 'Less spin, more truth'''...only if we understand past mistakes can we hope to strengthen their capabilities further. Perfection is impossible in counter-terrorism. Learning from past mistakes is not.
That is why the case for a full, independent inquiry is now irrefutable. A review of the evidence by the Intelligence and Security Committee - a review which the chair of the committee has already declared is unlikely to come up with anything new - is simply not good enough''Independent
: How London bombers slipped through M15's grasp Sky
-'Bomb Survivors push for M15 probeTimes
- 'Calls grow for 7/7 inquiry'Comment
:'Tell us the truth about the 7/7 blunders'
- David Davis, Shadow Home Secretary writing in today's Times''John Reid has refused to allow a “public inquiry”. We do not want a public inquiry, we want an independent inquiry, which, far from being a distraction, will be an essential tool in improving our security services. At a time when the head of MI5 has publicly cautioned that we face an unprecedented threat from 30 terrorist plots, 200 terrorist groups and 1,600 suspects, the British public – especially the bereaved and the survivors of 7/7 – deserve no less''Preventable errors, Victims join calls for a public inquiry
There is a lot more coverage, but I have to pack for my honeymoon. I am flying off tomorrow and our friend Russell is moving in to look after the cat and the fishes.
I would like to massively thank all of you who have signed the petition so far
. Everyone in the survivor/bereaved group is really chuffed by all the support. We are tired but hopeful.
Here are the linking bloggers, a big thank you to you all.Chicken YoghurtComment is Free Best of the WebPaul Linford
Radio 5 Pods and Blogs
Daniel Finkelstein in Times Comment CentralMike PowerNetherworldD-NoticeStumbling and MumblingBlairwatchPickled Politics
We are looking forward to hearing back from John Reid via our lawyers.
Right. Now I am officially stopping work and on honeymoon, and as I'm off early tomorrow morning with J for somewhere hot and gorgeous, I will be offline from tomorrow, (swimming with wild sea turtles!) so I won't be able to put through comments or reply to emails .
See you all in a few weeks.
And thanks once again.
Labels: 7/7, 7/7 inquiry