it WAS entirely fitting that the commemorative events marking the 10th anniversary of the July 7 suicide bombings revolved around the victims – whether it be the families of the 52 killed up or the survivors who will carry the physical and mental scars for a lifetime.
IT WAS entirely fitting that the commemorative events marking the 10th anniversary of the July 7 suicide bombings revolved around the victims – whether it be the families of the 52 killed up or the survivors who will carry the physical and mental scars for a lifetime.
This was not a day for political procrastination.
Many victims also found the courage to articulate the extent of their continuing torment – people like Julie Nicholson who had to step down as a Church of England vicar because she could not find the forgiveness in her heart for her daughter Jenny’s killer Mohammad Sidique Khan from Leeds. No television drama-documentary will be as powerful or emotional as A Song For Jenny.
Amid the national soul-searching taking place about the most effective way to tackle extremism, it would be remiss not to acknowledge the bravery of the emergency services on that fateful day – and the burden which continues to be carried by those caught up in this atrocity.
In this regard, the Bishop of London spoke for the whole country when he told the congregation at the St Paul’s Cathedral memorial service: “We must learn as a society that care for survivors is a responsibility both in the immediate aftermath of such a tragedy and for years to come.”
Time to power up recovery
It’s budget day. And it’s vital Chancellor George Osborne gets the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ strategy back on track after the uproar caused by the Government’s decision to “pause” the upgrading of the region’s railways.
It’s encouraging that the Treasury has started talks with leaders of Leeds and Sheffield about the specific policy powers which could, and should, be devolved to Yorkshire. If these areas are to bite the bullet and acquiesce to the Chancellor’s desire for the advent of directly-elected mayors, this clarity will make it easier to make a convincing case to all those voters who rejected the proposition in 2012.