“Priti Patel must examine her own failures, not propagate division”


Not for the first time in my life the bomb reaction outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital made me proud of the city I have
comes from.

Proud of the coolness of the taxi driver who pulled away from his exploding car, the security guard who ran to the fire to help him and the people who, before David Perry was named, set up a GoFundMe page to buy him a new taxi, which has now raised over £ 40,000.

Proud of the way locals shut down Twitter trolls, many from out of town, who tried to incite hatred against Muslims, pointing out that we are home to Britain’s oldest mosque and are proud of the historic solidarity between religions.

A feeling supported by the city council which broadcast a video accompanied by the words:
“Liverpool is a city built on immigration. Our doors have been open for centuries to those who seek refuge and a haven of peace. We will always provide a shoulder to lean on and a helping hand to guide those in need. ”

There has been a lot of talk about the sense of community in Liverpool and that is not a cliché. Whoever you are, if you need it, you will not find more supportive people anywhere.

Hence the couple, Malcolm and Elizabeth Hitchcott, taking the future suicide bomber to their home for eight months while he was in destitution.

But decency and resilience reside in every city. Mancunians refused to resort to hatred after the Arena bombing, Londoners continued to commute after the 7/7 attacks and Glasgowians never lost their humor after a taxi driver foiled a terrorist attack on their airport, as evidenced by the headline of the Daily Record the next day: The terrorist burning so hard in balls that I tore a tendon in my foot.

The majority of people in our multicultural cities realize the seriousness of scapegoats and stay away from them. What a pity that our Minister of the Interior can never do this.

Priti Patel has not come to Liverpool to assess the situation or reassure concerned residents. She didn’t even speak to Westminster about it. Instead, on a flight to Washington, she informed reporters that the attempted bombing showed just how “broken the system is,” adding “this is a complete merry-go-round and it has been exploited. There is a whole industry that thinks it is right to stand up for those individuals who cause the most appalling crimes against British citizens ”.

His opportunism was tidy. To claim that asylum seekers are the greatest threat to our security when the vast majority of terrorist attacks planned here are carried out by extremists of British origin, was a blatant lie.

Using this botched attack by a single sick person his service should have dealt with, to distract from his inability to stop thousands of Channel-crossing migrants, was obscene.

Blaming a “broken system” for which she’s been responsible for 28 months, and the Tories presided over 11 years, over lawyers, was cowardly and divisive (although it made a welcome change from blaming the French).

But the split came as no surprise from a government that was elected on a ticket to blame foreigners for all the ills of this country.

Fortunately, cities like mine are united in their challenge against terrorists, hate peddlers and politicians who seek to divide us to distract from their own lack of answers to our real problems.

May it last a long time.


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