With each attack, we were supposed to become more fragile – but instead, we have grown stronger
It’s easy to feel hopeless as we come to terms with the shock of a terror attack on our home soil – for the fourth time in as many months.
This year innocent people from all backgrounds and all over the world were murdered on what should have been ordinary days – as they strolled over bridges, left a concert, enjoyed a pint and headed home after prayers.
To most of us, this violence seems utterly needless. But the perpetrators had a purpose.
They wanted to make us fear the everyday – the democratic elections, the diversity of our cities, the entertainment, the relaxation, the religious practice. They wanted to rip our communities in two.
With each attack, we were supposed to become more fragile – but instead, we have grown stronger.
The more our freedoms and values of openness and equality are met with violence, the more determined we are to uphold them.
Don’t linger on the motives of the murderer today. Be proud of the group of Muslims who, under attack, restrained him to ensure he faced justice.
Be proud of all those who’ve stood up to terrorists in recent months by proving that rights and freedoms are better than division and hatred. And call on our elected representatives to do the same – take the opportunity of Wednesday’s Queen’s Speech to put unity, dignity and compassion at the heart of our politics.