Week three of osteotomy recovery and I’m a bit more on my feet but still in the boot. I went for two walks outside on Wednesday and Sunday and I’m on my feet enough to do things like cook and wash up and put stuff away. I put on and hung out a wash. I’m still pretty much housebound and my lovely mum was my only visitor this week so the little things are amazingly important.
I can’t talk about last week without talking about Paris. It was horrific. the best words I can find it light of that (and Beirut and Iraq) are from godchild 5. Godchildren 2 through 5 go to a French school and were worried for family and for family of friends and E commented that the terrorists were going to meet God and realise that they broke His heart. There’s so much fear and horror and heartbreak in the aftermath of this but E reminded me and I hope you too, that we stand for something else and in the light of that I’m going to quote Ken Livingstone after the 7/7 attacks on London, I still hope that for London and I hope that for Paris too.
I want to say one thing specifically to the world today. This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty and the powerful. It was not aimed at Presidents or Prime Ministers. It was aimed at ordinary, working-class Londoners, black and white, Muslim and Christian, Hindu and Jew, young and old. It was an indiscriminate attempt to slaughter, irrespective of any considerations for age, for class, for religion, or whatever.
That isn’t an ideology, it isn’t even a perverted faith – it is just an indiscriminate attempt at mass murder and we know what the objective is. They seek to divide Londoners. They seek to turn Londoners against each other. I said yesterday to the International Olympic Committee, that the city of London is the greatest in the world, because everybody lives side by side in harmony. Londoners will not be divided by this cowardly attack. They will stand together in solidarity alongside those who have been injured and those who have been bereaved and that is why I’m proud to be the mayor of that city.
Finally, I wish to speak directly to those who came to London today to take life.
I know that you personally do not fear giving up your own life in order to take others – that is why you are so dangerous. But I know you fear that you may fail in your long-term objective to destroy our free society and I can show you why you will fail.
In the days that follow look at our airports, look at our sea ports and look at our railway stations and, even after your cowardly attack, you will see that people from the rest of Britain, people from around the world will arrive in London to become Londoners and to fulfil their dreams and achieve their potential.
They choose to come to London, as so many have come before because they come to be free, they come to live the life they choose, they come to be able to be themselves. They flee you because you tell them how they should live. They don’t want that and nothing you do, however many of us you kill, will stop that flight to our city where freedom is strong and where people can live in harmony with one another. Whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail.“