I USED to have a policy of not commenting or tweeting about terrorist attacks until at least 24 hours have passed. I do this because first it is indecent not even to wait until the victims are named before discussing any attack in a broader way, and second there are rarely any words sufficient to express your horror at the outrage and your sympathy for the victims and their families – especially as their names and stories will not be known.
I broke this rule, however, after the atrocity in Christchurch. Many on the Left could barely wait a few hours before scoring political points and in particular accusing well-known conservative commentators of essentially having a hand in the attack. Then I saw a lot of comments directed towards Melanie Phillips, until eventually she was top trend on my Twitter feed.