IN Britain the general election has centred on the re-nationalisation of key industries, a Tory drive to capture working class votes in former Labour heartlands and a wider debate about conflicting definitions of national interest.
THE decision to deploy troops on British streets in the wake of the Manchester bomb has been taken by a prominent Whitehall intelligence committee, rather than by the hapless Prime Minister, which is why even the furthest fringe of the Labour Party - i.e. its leadership - is debunking conspiracy theories to the contrary.
When the first ominous reports began to circulate of an explosion towards the end of a sold-out concert in the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena, there were immediate fears that serious casualty levels were likely to follow.
While it is likely that not everyone will be totally sympathetic to the difficulties faced by those with drug and alcohol issues, it should be accepted that all vulnerable individuals are entitled to expect an appropriate level of specific treatment and wider support from the authorities.
It is disturbing that, at a stage when there are only estimated to be 80 pairs of breeding peregrine falcons across Northern Ireland, they have regularly become the victims of illegal poisoning, shooting or trapping.