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I'm the newly-appointed Future editor at Business 2.0 and the former San Francisco correspondent for Time Magazine.
Wow, so does this mean everything you write reflects Time Inc's opinion? Or do you perhaps have some sort of standard disclaimer to the effect that it doesn't?
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Mister, you talk funny. Are you one of them furrners?
Why yes I am, as it happens. I was born, raised and educated in Great Britain. I've been living in the U.S. since 1996 and identify as British.
I say, old chap, you forgot the "u" in "colour."
No I didn't. I may identify as British, but I am also an American journalist writing for an American audience about mostly American issues. These two different sides of me are a constant source of tension. Nevertheless, Daily Blah will adhere to American English grammar and spelling.
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Daily Blah for... Thursday, July 07, 2005
London Bombings: My £0.02
My hope is that London and the UK, drawing on harsh lessons learned during the IRA campaign of the 70s and 80s, will respond to this tragedy in a calm and measured way that shows America how it's done.
1. You don't freak out.
2. You carry on exactly as before, because that's precisely what the terrorists don't want you to do.
3. You don't pass hugely restrictive anti-terror laws that few legislators have actually read.
4. You don't set up a ridiculous color-coded and ultimately useless terror alert system that is conducive to political manipulation.
5. You don't set up an offshore prison designed to have dubious legal status, then dump people there for years without charge.
6. You don't put protesters in a "free speech zone" cage, miles from where the event or person they're protesting is.
7. You don't swagger half-cocked about the Middle East, using inflammatory words like "crusade", threatening like a dockside bully. When you threaten, you threaten like a statesman, with justice.
8. You don't foreclose debate by calling your opponent unpatriotic or claiming that they want to coddle terrorists. You have a long and comprehensive debate that touches on everyone's opinion, preferably over a good pint.