Thursday, June 22, 2017

"Some come here who escaped but who want to talk about how they feel guilty somehow..."

Young child survivors and witnesses of the Grenfell Tower inferno are still turning up pleading for help in the nearby streets - while too frightened to fall asleep.
Kids whose parents either hauled them to safety or who watched in horror in the surrounding estates will remain in need not only in the weeks but years ahead, volunteers say.
Helpers on 24/7 duty at the nearby Westway Sports Centre told Metro of being haunted by scenes reminiscent of British Red Cross emergency responses in overseas warzones and natural disasters.

Friday, June 16, 2017

"Because they’re okay, they’re really strong - they have a lot of Jo’s spirit and vitality - that’s helped me cope..."

Jo Cox’s children have raised a fear ahead of the one-year anniversary of her murder by a far-right terrorist.

That is, will the 10million people set to take part in nationwide events acclaiming her life this weekend all be turning up to and cramming around the houseboat in which they live on the Thames?

Jo’s widower Brendan says it is six-year-old son Cuillin and daughter Lejla, four, above anything else who have kept him going throughout the past 12 months since much-loved Labour MP Jo was killed in her Yorkshire constituency last dreadful June 16.

But he has also been encouraged and inspired by the response to the ‘Great Get Together’ events being held across the country today, tomorrow and Sunday - not only celebrating Jo’s life but also the very principle of unity over division.

To quote - as he often gladly does - those resonant words from Jo’s maiden Commons speech after being elected for Batley and Spen in 2015: ‘We have far more in common than that which divides us.’