I was hoping to be able to write this evening about the West Midlands Mayoral Debates, and whilst I likely will do that, albeit later in the week. I felt it important to address the incident today in London.
Today, regardless of motivation, or the identity of the attacker, we saw a suspected terrorist incident, at the heart of British democracy. Today five people have lost their lives, and about 40 people were injured. [Numbers from BBC News at 23:06 Weds]
The actions of an individual brought British Politics, to a very shocking pause, obviously, both Houses of Parliament suspended activity for the day, this was then echoed in the Scottish Parliament, and the National Assembly of Wales. Politicians around the country stopped what they were doing to watch the news clinging to every update.
Something shone through today though, a typical British resolve of the stiff-upper-lip. Despite certain scaremongering publications already trying to cause panic, division, and hate. This has not grown. Londoners, of all backgrounds, have condemned the attacks. I offer my condolences to everyone who has been affected today.
“We must recognise now that our Muslim communities will feel anxious at this time given the past behaviour of the extreme right wing and we will continue to work with all community leaders in the coming days. It’s essential for us to remain vigilant but to also work together – policing and communities – and unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to threaten, intimidate and cause fear.”
~ Mark Rowley, the national lead for Counter Terrorism Policing
The above quote is tremendously important. those on the right wing will use this to attack diversity. We will work together. We will unite. We should now seek to strengthen our democracy and continue to make change. I was pleased to see earlier that both Houses of Parliament, will resume to their work tomorrow.
We can confirm that both the House of Commons and the House of Lords will sit tomorrow at their normal times.
— UK Parliament (@UKParliament) March 22, 2017