Just wanted to start this post with a personal note. As someone who called London home for a long time, this incident has been harder to write up than some others. I have had the great privilege of working in and around Westminster for many years and it remains one of my favourite places in the world.
London is a vibrant, diverse and resilient city. The Great Fire, the Black Death, the Blitz, the Troubles, the 7/7 bombings and everything in between – these things did not dent or quench the spirit of our great city. Friends said the pubs and bars were full last night, and London was back at work this morning.
Terrorism wins when we let fear divide us. If you are planning a trip to London and feel a little nervous, please consider that turning away is giving the terrorists what they want. While there is heightened security, the chances of this impacting on you are minimal. This job has made me quite risk averse, but I will be back in London next week.
In the wake of such attacks, there are those that would seek to exploit the situation for their political gain. Please do not help them. The actions of one man should not be conflated with a huge group.
Our hearts go out to all those affected by this attack. I am personally in awe of all those who ran towards the danger, who selflessly tried their hardest to help those in need. That inspiring part of the human spirit is what I will be focusing on in the coming days and weeks.
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