There is little I can add to what has already been said this morning about last night’s terrorist attack in Manchester.
I am sure across the country, people will be disgusted and repulsed by such a heinous act.
However, I think what makes this attack even more contemptible is the target. This was not against a military target or some sort of symbol of the state. This attack was against mothers and teenage daughters, fathers and sons attending a pop concert.
No doubt as the initial shock turns to anger there will be the usual recriminations against the Police and Security Service. Why didn’t they stop it? Why didn’t they know? I would urge the politicians not to do that. An understanding of the who, what, where when, how and why does need to be gained, but I hope during this election campaign no candidate will be stupid enough to try and score political points as a result of this evil.
To the first responders, I would say this. No matter whether you are Police, Fire Service or Ambulance, never, ever be afraid to seek help after an attack such as this. The sights and the situations you had to deal with last night would affect anyone with the remotest shred of humanity.
Update: I just wanted to add a note of thanks to the Sikh community of Manchester who provided food and shelter to people in their Temples. Sikhs always seem to be the first to take action in the community of this nature whether the incident is a natural disaster or due to the evil of man.
Update 2: 12:51pm UK Time – BBC report that “so-called Islamic State” has claimed it was responsible for the attack.