A handwritten list discovered in the bedroom of one of the three London schoolgirls feared to have fled to join Islamic State details the items they needed to buy as well as the travelling costs of getting to Syria. The items ranged from a mobile phone to underwear, makeup and an epilator*.
“My sister was into normal teenage things. She used to watch Keeping Up With The Kardashians.”Well she's Keeping Up With The Kalashnikovs now - an easy mistake to make. As Abdurrahman Bilgic, Turkey’s ambassador to the UK, tactfully puts it: "our neighbourhood is not a rose garden”. He may not have been to Bethnal Green.
One would be more inclined towards sympathy for these strange but fundamentally tragic goings-on if it wasn't for the relentless finger-pointing towards the authorities. According to (inter alia) the pious Mr Vaz, the Met is to blame ! Another easy mistake, I think, because more reliable commentators are blaming the net. That's net, Keith, you know, the interwebby thing where they find these silly videos and stuff.
*reminds one of the old joke about legionnaires rushing to meet the camel train: well you don't want an ugly one, do you?