Attack in Manchester on Monday the 22nd of May

As you may know, there has been a terrorist attack in Manchester, England, on Monday. I’m from Manchester but don’t live there and thankfully all of my family and friends were fine, but 22 people have been reported dead, and I found myself crying — at the loss of lives (some were children), then at the human spirit in Manchester as people pulled together and helped, and then I found myself angry at the people who are already making jokes about this and started before the children were likely to have even been buried.

There are conspiracy theories especially as the suspect was a 22-year-old man and it happened during an election when Labour were getting increasing support whilst support for the Conservatives was dropping, but I think that, whilst some conspiracies (such as MK Ultra) have been proven to be true by the eventual release of government documents or other admissions of guilt, Theresa May would have to be nuts to try to use this as a political football, as people would see right through her attempts to gain a political advantage.

I think that, whilst people have understandably asked questions and spoke about the lack of police due to Conservative cuts and how the situation may have been much worse if the Conservatives had a larger majority and had cut the NHS even further despite it already being in crisis due to cuts to funding, it’s important not to use the tragedy as a political football, but to come together instead.

People have pointed out that this terrorist attack happened on Theresa May’s watch after she claimed a terrorist attack would happen with Jeremy Corbyn (Labour Party leader) in government, but it’s important not to use this attack as a political tool, as some have done by claiming that Labour would let more terrorists in (despite the fact that Labour’s manifesto clearly states that freedom of movement will end), and it’s sickening to use the attack in such a way.

And although people have mentioned that Theresa May voted for wars and sold arms to dangerous countries, and that her government encouraged people to starve and commit suicide by taking away the incomes of vulnerable people, and I understand the resulting anger, this is not a time for political blame. It’s a time to put differences aside and come together.

It’s understandable that people are angry and claiming this attack will be used by Theresa May to get people to rally around her, with her using the union flag under the label “Britishness” in order to strike a blow to Labour’s increasing popularity, but if she did this, it would be seen for what it is — a sickening use of a tragedy for her own ends; therefore, let’s try to keep some decorum and respect and in terms of the election, focus on the issues themselves, rather than use specific events as political footballs.

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