Mainstream commentators and their media have once again made a degradation of our lives acceptable. After the London bombs, regarding with suspicion everyone we come in contact with, particularly if they look different, has become the "new normal".

This is utterly misleading. Normal should be used to describe what life could be, "the ideal". (see poem) Anything less than normal should more accurately be described as abnormal. If we further degrade our lives from an already somewhat abnormal level, that new level should be the new abnormal. This would then reflect reality.