So far, I've been pleasantly surprised by the government's reaction to the events of Thursday. Charles Clarke actually admitted that ID cards wouldn't have prevented the attacks, although he did rather blot his copybook by going on to say that he was still in favour of them anyway, and that civil liberties might have to be curtailed. Tony Blair has done rather better, saying that you can't prevent attacks through security measures, but have to address the root causes. He's also said that the government will act with caution and not bring in strict new security laws. So it looks like we're not heading for a UK Patriot Act any time soon.