A couple of hours after the bombs, Italian news agencies were reporting that 50 people had died - but the UK press took a lot longer to come clean.
Over the past 15 years, 'street politics' has lost its critical edge.
Is this a political protest for Africa, or a charity for the benefit of the British elite?
Britain is coping just fine with its new arrivals, and could take more still.
The UK government hopes ID cards will give the nation an identity.