A few hours ago, I switched on the television to see another terrorist attack had happened in London last night, on another bridge. The attackers used a vehicle like the first time in March, when we were all incredulous that such a tragedy could befall us.
Londoners and tourists alike were enjoying a warm Saturday evening in June. Now seven lovely people will not be going home and fifty are injured. Take, if they can, some of the love sent out by Ariana Grande, Coldplay and other acts I didn’t see at her returning concert in Manchester tonight.
It was a startling, amazing concert and a roaming TV camera picked out emotional young faces in a huge crowd. The musicians spoke of love uniting us. So let love be an ideology that we all share in the civilised world. As each star gave a heartfelt message to Manchester, it emanated from the TV and must have flooded the hearts of all of the people there. Each of them will spread the love and that’s what makes us win.
The solution? Eight minutes. Eight minutes, very fast elimination of the threat and three dead attackers. This country of ours has been brilliantly protected by the police and Security Services for many years, which I have taken for granted. During an election and having to protect MP’s, it turns out that there have been too many cuts. Please put more men on the beat; it makes us feel safe.
In the meantime, could the police:
- Please erect temporary steel mesh barriers along the pavements of all of the bridges?
- Computer-check each car’s number plate as it enters the bridge. It will slow the traffic but it is fast prevention and possibly deterrent.
To the people affected, I am terribly sorry it happened. To Britain’s finest, thank you.