Two weeks ago, in the wake of the Manchester bombing, I mistweeted and it cost me.
Everyone knows what I said and I’m not going to repeat it here.
The wording was horrible. Loaded with unintended meaning. Quickly deleted, amended to make clear, and apologised for live on TV and radio.
I have no excuses. And I take full accountability — disasters, triumphs, I must treat them just the same.
In truth, I woke up to the news of the terror attack in Manchester on our young girls and I saw red. As a mum, I felt fear. And I raged.
And now I am raging again. And now, more than ever, I stand by what I MEANT those words to say. This. Cannot. Go. On.
Whatever we are doing now is clearly not working. We need a radical rethink.
It is a pure rage against a leadership so castrated by fear of offending anyone not specifically wielding a machete or a bomb, that they are impotent to take action.
So frightened someone might cry Islamophobia, they peddle anything but the facts. They talk about ‘the evil’ that motivated the attacker, they talk about hate. They condemn ‘the attack’.
But still refuse to acknowledge the massive elephant in the room. They refuse to acknowledge any link between these attacks and Islamic extremism. Imagining that by failing to give such horror a label, they can somehow mystify it away — and distance Islamic extremism from blame.
Even when ISIS called for these attacks in the ninth, Ramadan edition of their magazine, Rumiyah, urging their supporters to target civilians with edged weapons, firearms, vehicle ramming and fire, in locations such as shopping malls, restaurants and clubs.
Even when an eyewitness, Eric, heard the attacker cry, ‘This is for Allah,’ we are supposed to swallow the news feed that the motive is unclear.
Decent Brits are capable of understanding that these individuals do not represent all Muslims. (Though it would help us if ALL imams would stand up to denounce unequivocally these attacks committed in the name of their religion.)
But the terrorists do represent a strand of Islamic extremism and the twisted beliefs of ISIS. They are motivated, determined, and not limited by fear of their own mortality.
I say again: we need a lasting solution to terror.
It is urgent. Imperative. We cannot go on like this. No one is carrying on as normal when our own Met police tweet for us to RUN, HIDE, TELL.
Can you kid yourself you are ‘carrying on as normal’ as you are evicted from a bar with your hands on your head, running for your life? When our hospitals are in lock-down to protect even the sick from terror, no target is too soft. There is no humanity here.
We have reached the ultimate tipping point, where even the hardy believers have lost hope, and those keen to cling to the narrative ‘we stand defiant’ are lying heartbroken on the floor. Even the most tolerant liberals are emailing me privately to let me know they doubt everything they believed before, that they can’t tell their friends, but we have made mistakes and are paying the price.
But you can take action. You are in control of your truth.
Do not let them tell you we stand united. Do not let them tell you we are not cowed. Do not let them tell you we fight cowardice with British spirit. Do not buy into this propaganda, circulated by those who have failed us, the fascist liberals.