Today marks twenty years since the IRA blew up the Grand Hotel in Brighton during the Conservative Party conference. While not condoning such acts1 I am reminded of the first thought which came into my head when I heard the news in the morning. It was ‘Did they get her?’. Since then I’ve asked many people for their first thoughts at the time. The odd thing is that probably the majority of them thought exactly the same thing.
1 I never have understood how killing people can further your cause. It may get your point across but all it usually does is cause revulsion in most people making them question your cause.
Posted 12 October 2004, 21:47 BST