DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Deadly arena failings can NEVER be repeated 

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Deadly arena failings can NEVER be repeated 

In the face of mortal danger, we count on the emergency services to put their lives on the line to save others.

And so many times they do – proving themselves unimaginably brave.

But after suicide bomber Salman Abedi blew himself up at Manchester Arena, killing and injuring concertgoers – including children – the police, ambulance and fire services disgraced themselves.

An excoriating report has found their handling of the atrocity was fatally inadequate – failing the victims and their families.

Excessive caution meant only three paramedics attended the blast zone. Fire crews drove away from, not towards, the terror attack. And police made a string of catastrophic blunders on the night.

In the face of mortal danger, we count on the emergency services to put their lives on the line to save others. And so many times they do – proving themselves unimaginably brave

Most shockingly, two of the dead might have lived but for the abysmal response.

There were failures of leadership, training and communication. And, gripped by a pernicious health and safety mentality, 999 crews disregarded the victims.

It is truly scandalous that these same mistakes were made after the July 7 attacks 12 years earlier. As a result, the apologies from the emergency services ring hollow.

Nothing, of course, can bring back those who died or ease the suffering of the injured and bereaved. It is essential, though, that this time lessons are learned to try to ensure such failings never happen again.

A bitter economic pill

Thought the economic turbulence couldn’t get any worse? Think again. Britain faces the longest recession for a century.

This slump will hammer households and businesses, both through the soaring price of goods and energy, and borrowing costs.

It is also predicted to put an extra million people on the dole – putting further pressure on the nation’s already stretched finances through a bigger benefits bill.

So we hope the Bank of England was right to hike interest rates by 0.75 percentage points – the largest rise since Black Wednesday – taking them to 3 per cent.

Intended to stop out-of-control inflation, it will be a mighty shock to many mortgage holders who face much higher repayments.

However, now we’re tipping into recession, we pray this medicine doesn’t kill off the economy. After all, timing is everything – and the Bank’s has been woeful recently.

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt must take a deep breath before ploughing on with tax rises and spending cuts to fill a fiscal black hole.

Tightening the nation’s belt too enthusiastically as we slide into a downturn will surely make things worse, not better.

It is also predicted to put an extra million people on the dole – putting further pressure on the nation’s already stretched finances through a bigger benefits bill. So we hope the Bank of England was right to hike interest rates by 0.75 percentage points – the largest rise since Black Wednesday – taking them to 3 per cent

It is also predicted to put an extra million people on the dole – putting further pressure on the nation’s already stretched finances through a bigger benefits bill. So we hope the Bank of England was right to hike interest rates by 0.75 percentage points – the largest rise since Black Wednesday – taking them to 3 per cent

Get on track, Tories!

Whenever his newspapers seemed directionless, Press baron Lord Beaverbrook used to bellow: ‘Who’s in charge of the clattering train?’

Well, for the next few days a clattering train would be a fine thing. Unfortunately, barely any will run as the RMT union brings fresh mayhem to the railways.

By cynically striking tomorrow, Monday and Wednesday, hard-Left barons will inflict a week of misery on the travelling public.

But who in God’s name is leading the Government response against these class-war throwbacks? We’ve hardly heard a peep out of Transport Secretary Mark Harper. Indeed, he gives lacklustre a good name.

Millions of hard-working people are sick of the disruption, businesses are suffering and months of walkouts have blown a £600million hole in the economy.

Ministers have repeatedly promised strike-busting laws. For once, they must show some spine and bring them in.

Yes, Labour would squeal, but they are in the RMT’s pocket. To commuters, a crackdown would prove extremely popular.

But if the Tories continue to dither, they risk exasperated voters shunting them ignominiously into the electoral sidings.

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