Regions need more help from a security apparatus that has become far too concentrated on London
For Britain's security agencies, London always seemed like the likely target. For years, the capital of 8 million with hundreds of thousands of weekly tourists and dozens of transit hubs had prepared for and feared a major terror attack.
But then, on Monday night, a suicide bomber struck an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. With at least 22 fatalities and dozens more injured, it is the worst suspected suicide attack in Britain since the 2005 tube and bus bombings in London.
Was Manchester - and for that matter the rest of the country outside the capital - unprepared?