That’s the question posed by Fraser Nelson in this morning’s The Business.
Mr Nelson believes that “Thursday's bombings take us into a new era”. The defining feature of that new era, he writes, “will be the fear that the [London] attacks, bad as they were, were not "the big one" - and that worse may still be to come”.
Mr Nelson continues:
“The Conservatives… have a new prize: to portray Labour as ineffective on terrorism. This, in turn, may tilt its leadership contest more towards David Davis to replace Michael Howard. As shadow home secretary Davis gave an eloquent speech on Thursday - doubtless knowing it may double as a leadership audition. The market for former SAS men like Davis has risen in the past few days: the market for old Etonians such as David Cameron has fallen.”
The initial public reaction is positive towards Tony Blair, however, as yesterday’s YouGov poll showed. The key weaknesses of Labour in the war on terror are its failure to control Britain’s borders, its political correctness on policing and its dealings with Sinn Fein. If they are real weaknesses it is the duty of Her Majesty's Opposition to expose them and present the British people with a path to greater security.