By anybody's standard the news of those bombs in Indonesia are important and horrific, though not as horrific, perhaps, as the attacks in Bombay were some months ago. The latest information that South-East Asia's most wanted terrorist was almost certainly behind it ought to ramp up the interest.
So why were so many of the headlines in the British newspapers yesterday about it being a "Manchester United drama"? I accept that people find it easier to relate to horrors in far-off countries if there are British people involved; mysteriously, people find it even easier if some British celebs of whatever calibre are involved. But, Manchester United were NOT there. They were NOT anywhere near the place. They were planning to go to one of the hotels where the bombs went off very soon but now they are not going. How is it a drama that involves ManU?