This month has been unusually difficult for Londoners, with our city facing a terrorist attack in a market, a devastating fire, and an attack outside a London mosque. Yet once again, Londoners have come together, proving that what joins us is far greater than what divides us. Londoners of all ethnic backgrounds came together on Thursday in a community effort to help victims of the Grenfell disaster. Churches, mosques and community centres opened their doors to collect donations, distribute help and offer relief to victims and their families. After the attack on the mosque, communities poured out their support for the victims. Vigils were held in moving shows of solidarity.
What we in London hold dearly – tolerance, respect and love, has definitely been challenged. However what we have seen is that London is not angry, nor cowed down: instead it is more caring, more resilient. This is a country of tolerance and the humanity showed at all the sites of the terror attacks show that Londoners will not be beaten.