FIONA: For Our Kids' Sake We Can't Let Evil Win

The Mirror (London, England), July 9, 2005 | Go to article overview

FIONA: For Our Kids' Sake We Can't Let Evil Win


Byline: Fiona Phillips

THE conversation we have most in my house is: "When are we going to move out of London?" Since the evil events of Thursday morning that question has become almost a mantra.

Sometimes living family life in the capital feels like missing out on real life. My children breathe in toxic air on the way to school. The lollipop lady carries an alarm in case she's attacked.

And following 9/11, there's a latent racism not felt since the riots of the 1980s.

On a London radio station on Thursday afternoon I heard a Muslim caller say he'd offered to help London Transport workers dealing with the aftermath of the morning's devastation.

They told him to "f*** off", because he was "one of them". It's hard bringing up children to love and respect other people when every day the news in London tells them that many people don't. There are only so many times you can say: "Baddies are make-believe - they only exist in cartoons and films" when, increasingly, you know there are monsters out there with no respect for human life at all.

When Tony Blair and George Bush took on the terrorists there was almost a sense of inevitability that one day innocent people in London would pay.

In the aftermath of 9/11 we lived in Central London, where we almost became used to seeing electronic bomb detectors trundling along the road outside our flat after countless security alerts. …

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