We all have several good reasons to fear the septic pin-pricks being inflicted upon us in the abominable current terror campaign. This probably isn't the blog to dwell on the personal, ethical or ethnic issues, acute and shocking though they be.
We do however reckon to cover politics and economics here, and I have a particular horror in those spheres. It is that the current string of palpable outrages provide a massive post-election distraction for Mrs May, whose full and undivided concentration will need to be upon Brexit. If I was being cruel, I might even say she looks as though she positively prefers dealing with Home-Office-type matters.
But Brexit requires 100% attention from almost the whole of government if it is not to be a first-order economic cock-up. I've not been sanguine about May's capabilities in this regard for many months (who has?). For the government to be diverted by anything else would be akin to Churchill's War Cabinet becoming distracted by a nasty outbreak of measles in the summer of 1940. That may not be the perfect analogy but you know what I mean.