07/07: War on Britain: Watch Next Week as We Bury Our Dead, but See Also New People Coming to Make This City Their Home, Calling Themselves Londoners and Doing It Because of the Freedom to Be Themselves MAYOR KEN KIVINGSTONE'S MESSAGE TO THE BOMBERS

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07/07: War on Britain: Watch Next Week as We Bury Our Dead, but See Also New People Coming to Make This City Their Home, Calling Themselves Londoners and Doing It Because of the Freedom to Be Themselves MAYOR KEN KIVINGSTONE'S MESSAGE TO THE BOMBERS


Byline: By BOB ROBERTS Deputy Political Editor

DEFIANT Mayor Ken Livingstone yesterday warned the men of terror they would never break the spirit of his city.

He vowed that even as bomb victims were buried, new arrivals would continue to make the capital their home - proof of its enduring status as a haven of freedom.

And the Mayor, in a rallying call to Londoners reminiscent of New York's Rudolph Giuliani after 9/11, urged them to show they would not be cowed by the bombers. He said:

ALL races and creeds and colours have come to this city, where you can be yourself as long as you do not harm anyone else.

You can live your life how you choose to do, rather than how anyone else tells you to do.

That is what I think the bombers seek to destroy.

They fear that. They fear a world in which the individual makes their own life choices and their own moral judgments.

That is what they seek to snub out. But they will fail.

I say to those who planned this dreadful attack, whether they are here in hiding or somewhere abroad, watch next week as we bury our dead and mourn them.

But see also, in those same days, new people coming to this city to make it their home, calling themselves Londoners and doing it because of that freedom to be themselves.

Mr Livingstone said he would take his usual Tube train to work on Monday - and said millions of others should do the same to show their determination to carry on with life as normal.

He said: "That's the advice I would give to every Londoner - that we should keep enjoying the city and living and working in the city."

The Mayor, back in Britain, after his Olympic bid visit to Singapore, also praised the way people in the city had responded to the tragedy and stuck together. …

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