I’m not one for political posts, and I don’t intend this to be one. However this a travel blog and felt that I needed to write something.
I’m a Londoner. I was born here, I live here and I work here. It’s one of the best places on the planet.
What happened last night was awful. It’s happened in the past, and I fear it will depressingly happen again in the future.
However we must continue on as normal. If we don’t, then the terrorists have won.
I’m old enough to remember the IRA campaign in the UK, but young enough not quite to understand what it was all about. All I knew is that railway stations were closed now and then, and that it was a bloody nuisance.
This is clearly far worse than that, like the attacks on 7/7 were too and the recent attack in Westminster.
My thoughts go out to the families and loved ones of those that lost their lives last night in this outrage.
However what I know is that us Brits, and us Londoners are a resilient lot. My colleagues in the police service across the country will be working their hardest to keep everyone as safe as they can.
It’s an over-used meme, but “Keep Calm and Carry On” is probably the most appropriate thing to say.
Londoners from every background will come together in solidarity to reject this kind of senseless violence. Our common values of peace, tolerance and love (as hackneyed as that sounds) I have no doubt will win out.
In closing, I felt it was appropriate to link to the advice given by the National Police Chiefs’ Council in order to stay safe. Run. Hide. Tell.