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Don’t Look Back In Anger, Manchester

This morning, at 11 o’clock, there was a one minute silence across the U.K. in remembrance of the 22 people murdered on Monday night, and all others affected. It was the second deadliest terrorist attack on British soil since the 7/7 bombings in London.

Children, parents, siblings, friends, went to a concert, and did not come home afterwards. Some never will return home now. All because a small group feels such strong hatred for our way of life. It’s horrendously heart-breaking, and what’s worse is that this attack is not the first and it will not be the last.

So what can we do? Politicians, intelligence services and emergency services are all doing their absolute best to protect us, and have contingency plans in place so when an attack does occur the effects can be as minimal as possible. It is incredibly difficult for them however, as you can’t stop someone getting in to their car and driving into a bridge full of people, and it is incredibly difficult to gather enough evidence about suspected persons to convict them before the crime happens. However, none of this means, I don’t think, that we should stop our way of life and hide. No. We should continue as we always have, and be united and strong in the face of adversity.

And most importantly, as the crowd aptly reminded everyone at the vigil in Manchester; we must not look back in anger, we must look forward with hope.

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