Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Why I Only Partly Agree With The 'Our Way Of Life Must Continue' Sentiment

Since the horrific attack in Manchester we've heard a lot of sentiment along the lines of how 'our way of life must continue'

It's a sentiment I only partly agree with.

Our way of life - going to work, going shopping, going to live gigs, taking the kids to school, socialising with friends, going to the very city this attack took place - must continue. 

But I hope for one change to our way of life. Because I fervently hope that whatever government gets in next month will realise in the wake of this atrocity that they cannot keep cutting our police and armed forces to the bone, whilst still expecting them to protect us when the unthinkable happens.

Over 20,000 army personnel, along with 8,500 RAF and 5,500 Navy have been cut since 2010. 

We now have fewer police per head of population since 1974.

And don't even start me on the cuts to the NHS and the fact that already beleaguered hospitals have had to step up to the plate and work miracles this week.

And the government needs to realise that it must sever ties with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which have proven to be significant funders of ISIS. The Conservative government still sell billions worth of arms to these countries. The Saudi war on Yemen is something we materially support and yet it is a gift to ISIS - it's like turkeys voting for Christmas.

This way of life must end now. It is the only way to protect our lives.

In the meantime, if you can afford to, please consider donating to this crowdfunder from the Manchester Evening News which aims to raise £2,000,000 to support the families of those killed and injured in Monday night's attack. Currently they're at £1,176,135.

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