'Why does it take a tragedy like this for ministers to put lives above money?'
Real answer: Because it's only after something like this that the mass of the electorate change their own priority - low taxation at all costs. If people (other than those immediately affected) wanted safety to be a priority, they would have demanded and voted for policies which reflect that. Rather than kicking up a storm at even a slight adjustment of NI.
As a nation we have to make a choice between raising contributions* and lowering expectations.
* And not just "other people" (the rich, companies), all of us.
the murkiness and complexity of the Syria/Iraq situation.
Particularly with reference to Saturday's bombing of an evacuation convoy, which left dozens of children dead, possibly being more down to kidnappers falling out over the loot than any political or sectarian motives (tho I doubt the bomber himself was told that bit).
Makes a lot more sense, given who was bombed, where and under what circumstances.