As you will all know, fresh horrors were yesterday (Wed 22 Mar) visited on our country by terrorism.
The carnage on Westminster Bridge and at our Parliament were truly awful to behold, we must all hope for the best possible outcome for the injured and that there will be comfort for the bereaved.
Those of us who follow the news will be all too aware of the world these terrorists wish to create: we have seen it wherever Isis, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and the like hold sway.
Theirs is not an agenda that we can accommodate so we must ask ourselves: how exactly should we respond to yesterday’s atrocity?
For one thing, we must all keep our eyes open. If you see anything suspicious, anything at all, if your sixth sense starts tingling, then report it. (0800 789 321 or 999)
But mostly the answer lies in how we responded yesterday. We saw Londoners of all backgrounds rushing to help the injured. We saw paramedics arriving in minutes. We saw nurses and doctors rushing up from St Thomas’. And we saw our diverse police force confronting the attacker and then flooding the area to deal with the second or third wave that might have followed. We even saw the killer’s wounds being tended to.
In my eyes, the actions of yesterday’s heroes reflected the true character of Britain, and of Londoners, a character that is courageous, decent and humane. We must remember this and then, just as a past generation did, we must simply – “keep calm and carry on!”