In the aftermath of the inept self-immolation attack by the occupants of a Jeep Cherokee which rammed Glasgow Airport Terminal Building, who were then subdued by airport workers, Gordon Brown grabbed the TV cameras and personally has announced that the Terrorism Threat Level has been raised to Critical from Severe.
Where is the new Home Secretary Jacqui Smith ? She seems to have been kept away from the mainstream media.
Here is the Home Office's press release on their website:
Threat level raised to critical
30 June 2007
The threat level in the UK has been raised to the highest level.
In a statement, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said:
'I can confirm that the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) has raised the national threat level to CRITICAL. This is in response to the events of the last 48 hours. Critical is the highest level of threat, and the threat level will be closely reviewed on a regular basis. Appropriate security measures have been put in place.'
A threat level of critical means that an attack is expected imminently.
We did get our "MI5 Security Service threat level change alert email, sent just after 9pm (British summer time) - about 3 hours after the alert level was changed to Critical, and about 6 hours after the Glasgow incident.
Their current website front page (re-designed in the last couple of months with a new style, if not content, since the new Director General Jonathan Evans took over in April) is still showing the previous alert status of Severe:
Here is the as yet still secret Critical graphic:
So, we will ask the same question as we did the last time, back in August 2006: