As I wake up this morning to messages from friends enquiring about my safety, my overwhelming feeling is that of anger. No one -- no one -- has the right to cause suffering to innocents.
I think of the family of the dead policeman. Is one or more of his children preparing for a major exam? How is this going to affect their results and therefore their future?
As yet, the identity of the perpetrator has not been released after Channel 4 News made a boo-boo yesterday. This suggests that the identity of the attacker is difficult to pin down. Had he been using multiple identities? Remember, this is the country without identity cards because ID cards are deemed to be contrary to the principles of 'civil liberties'.
What now of the civil liberties of law-abiding citizens who only wish to go about their work and education?
What are the chances that the perpetrator was on benefits? IF so, it means that taxpayers had been supporting financially a person who did not think that the generous benefits given to him and his family are something to be grateful for. He goes and murders innocents, bit the hand that fed him.
How many more of such people do we have in this country?
If this government persists in developing a benefits system that makes it possible for such acts to happen, then surely we must look at the morality behind such a system. But who would dare say such a thing in public? By not saying anything, it makes us ALL complicit in this attack.
Someone commented that the perpetrator must be desperate to do something like that; he had nothing to lose. Exactly. (Was he desperate for food? Hardly.)
I would have a system where, if a member of the extended family going both directions for two generations commits such a heinous crime, then their extended family (grandparents, own family, and children's generation) be stripped of all entitlements to public resources for their life-time.
Then, maybe, people will think twice, thrice, before committing such cowardly acts.
Perhaps if they had been working at proper jobs in the first place, they won't have time to think up such murderous schemes.
Yesterday I took a jacket to a tailor to have the sleeves shortened. In conversation I realized that this sweet old man whose English was quite excellent had pictures of himself in the Taleban in his shop. Why can't refugees in this country be more like him?
I am SO angry.
Let me leave you with Bette Midler singing From a Distance.