Are we more or less at risk?

Mark Devenport with some interesting thoughts in the wake of the firebombing at Glasgow airport. Is Northern Ireland at greater or lesser risk in a future bombing campaign. The Secretary of State says “no more or no less” than Britain, the passengers at City Airport say less.

In general terms I agree more with the passengers in transit than the Cabinet minister. There are more high profile targets in Great Britain than here, so if you are an international terrorist mounting a campaign then you are more likely to be active there. Also given that most terrorists are mindful of the media impact of what they do, they might consider an incident in Northern Ireland to be simply too confusing in terms of the message it projects.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty