Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Manchester

Like many people I've been left reeling this week after what happened at Manchester Arena on Monday evening.

I'm sad and I'm angry and as names and ages are being put to such young and beautiful faces, I'm left wondering why in the aftermath of such horrific events it always comes to light that the perpetrator is known, yet has been able to walk around freely choosing where and when to unleash such catastrophe.

Each person feels and deals with things like this in their own way, but this time the candles being lit, self-serving poets reading their work and political and religious leaders standing together spouting forth about the community coming together isn't cutting it for me. 

Up north we're known for calling a spade a spade but the truth is we're all wearing gags for fear of being branded racist and politically incorrect. 

If there ever was such a thing as a terrorist crossing a line then that happened on Monday when children were specifically targeted. Sadly, I know my hope that this terrible act might just be the turning point in how we deal with these monsters, will eventually turn into the realisation that yet again, we'll choose to remain a country who would rather bleat on about the human rights of these cowards, at the expense of the lives of innocent people. 

Our children are growing up in a country that is incomprehensible to me. Letters are being written encouraging them to live life to the full .... because well, you just never know now do you. No child should be brought up with that ethos. As a mum I don't find that outlook on life inspiring I find it sickening. We shouldn't be allowing our children to do what they want and go where they want because in the back of our minds we're thinking they could get shot or blown up any day. 

Rightly so, everybody who responded to the incident should be proud of themselves. I hope none of them ever have to go through anything like that again.

Me? Personally, I'm finding it hard to feel any pride in my country at the moment because of the choices it makes on how to deal with certain people and situations for fear of repercussions. 

It will be hard to do because we've become conditioned, but we need to get back to calling that spade a spade again. 

Thoughts and prayers to all the families affected.

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18 comments:

  1. Suzanne I agree with you 100%. I was horrified at what had happened, it's so sad and heartbreaking. To target young children-they have reached an all time low, if that is possible. Our government is no better than yours, maybe even worse, for letting every man and his dog into the country, no matter what their past history is. There are so many do gooders and bleeding hearts that think everyone that comes to Canada is a good person. We could only wish but that is far from the truth. Then there are all the youth that have been radicalized in the UK and Canada, and many more countries. If our governments don't start taking a hard line, and we all now they can talk the talk, and do something this world is going to be a much sorrier place than it already is.

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    1. I honestly think the do-gooders are in the minority yet have the loudest voice and these monsters know that they are untouchable until they've actually done something. I'd love to know the sort of people who bang the drum for these ridiculous human rights. Nobody in their right mind would advocate people being on a list, yet nothing being done about it.

      If it happened to mine, God forbid, I certainly wouldn't be spouting about living in harmony. People need to wake up and realise that sort of thinking is mainly a one way street. xx

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  2. totally agree. I questioned how come he managed to do it. the authorities apparently knew him to be a person of interest, or whatever they glossed it over as, and yet he was able to get into the arena and do that? How come? Should they not have been watching him and his cohorts like a hawk?

    What kind of person looks around, sees mainly children, young teenage girls, and thinks 'yeah, this is the right time'. I can't even start to understand that.

    I think what has made me feel pretty sick today, is seeing all the extra police outside Downing St and Buckingham Palace. Never mind the rest of us, and ooh, here's an idea, we'll cut the amount of police for the whole nation. As long as the powers that be are alright, that seems to be the only thing that matters. I love the Royal family, but let's face it, they are always protected. The normal people doing normal things in their normal life ... are not.
    xx

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    1. Sadie, You've said exactly what we've said about the elite being protected even more than they were. It seems a case of the man on the ground will just have to put up with whatever happens and suffer the consequences. I know anything could happen, anytime and anywhere and the chances of protection being there are actually minimal, but talk about rubbing our noses in it.

      I found out last night a girl in Thomas' class at his old school was at the concert, luckily she's fine. Sadly, this morning when Matthew dropped Sienna off he told us two brothers who work for him have lost their Mum. It's closer to us all than we think. xx


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  3. Well said, I quite agree 100% with what you wrote. These losers need to be dealt with and not pussy footed around. Trouble is we live in an age where as you say we are too scared to call a spade a spade for fear of repercussions. We should be able to say it how it is.

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    1. We should be able to speak freely Serenata, but that privilege seems to only apply to certain people spouting hate for a country they're happy to live in and reap the benefits from. Anybody else speaking their mind and suddenly it becomes a crime.

      The bottom line is these people are attacking our way of life and we stand around letting them. xx

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  4. I'm with you and the other commenters Suzanne and I'm from Yorkshire and always call a spade a spade. It is time for plain speaking and not pussy-foot around in case we, as a country, offend someone. I don't really care if we offend any other country as long as we look after our own. But then I'm not a politician or have their mindset.

    What both my husband and I can't understand, is why our government lets back in the ones who have been to fight in Syria, Libya and elsewhere. Seeing that they do let them back in, why aren't they being watched and monitored? I expect human rights is their answer, but I think that any human rights should be abolished for these people. They don't deserve any.

    Joan (Wales)

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    1. I think a lot of people feel the same way Joan, unfortunately, they are too frightened to say anything. It's time we started to grow a backbone again. It's unbelievable that the suicide bomber was on a list, allowed to travel to Libya for a 'holiday' and then allowed back in the country again. Not sure how non-humans actually qualify for human rights. xx

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  5. It's just heart breaking Suzanne.

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    1. It is Jules. That could have been any one of us or our families just enjoying a night out at a concert. I know the basis of our justice system is innocent until proved guilty, but I really think anybody on these lists need to be detained and it should be a case of guilty until proved innocent.

      A little girl from Thomas' class at his old school was there and 2 brothers who work for Matthew have lost their step-mum. As I said to Sadie, it's closer to home than we all realise. xx

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  6. I can't even begin to understand how these scumbags are allowed to get to the point of committing these atrocities. If they are known about they should be detained or deported. Balls to their human rights....what about ours?
    I agree with everything you say Suzanne.

    Hugs-x-

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    1. It's disgusting isn't it that they were known. If protocol means our police have to wait for an atrocity to be carried out before they do exactly what they've done since the bomb - raid houses, arrest people, find out who's connected to who etc. then I'm ashamed of the country I live in. It's gone too far in favour of the wrong people and we need to get the balance back. xxx

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  7. Well said Suzanne. Hear hear!! We've gone too soft.

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    1. We have gone soft because we're worried about being branded racist when it's as plain as the nose on your face what needs to be said and done.

      I watched a leader of the mosque where the bomber went take his position as an upstanding member of the community, pay his respects for all of 2 minutes to the victims, then went on to deny the bomber had worked there (but forgot to mention he worshipped there), then lurched into a load of waffle about reporting hate crimes in the coming days. That sums it up for me really. We're stupid as well as soft. xx

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  8. I was so sad when I heard the news, Suzanne. I just don't understand it, at all.

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    1. I don't understand it either Bless. I don't understand the mentality behind doing something like that and I certainly don't understand how these people are known to intelligence yet are allowed to roam around freely. It's impossible to track everybody, every minute of the day so something needs to be done to combat their 'right' to carry on leading a normal life, all the while plotting and planning. It's disgraceful. xx

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  9. Such a sad time, I really wish we had the balls to do what other countries do and deport the bloody lot of them. My granddaughter is 91/2 and has started going to events and concerts. I want to wrap her up in cotton wool and not let her go anywhere but then the lunatics win.

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    1. It's unbelievably sad for everybody. I totally understand what you're saying about your granddaughter. Amy was planning to go to a festival in Manchester in a few weeks and was really excited, now she doesn't want to because she's frightened. What do I say to her. I don't want to encourage her because God forbid anything happened I'd never forgive myself, on the other hand I don't want her to be afraid of doing things.

      I'd stick everybody on that list on a desert island and leave them to it if I could and that's the better scenario I have in my head. xx

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