On Saturday night, London was hit with another devastating terrorist attack that killed seven and forced 22 more into intensive care.
The incident happened in the London Bridge area, where people were enjoying a night out around Borough Market. All the up-to-date details on that are available here.
People in the city – including ourselves – were shaken, upset and in mourning. However, the next day, they remained unified in their defiance, and went about their business as usual.
Sadly, that very British reaction to events wasn’t acknowledged by the New York Times, which implied that the country was “still reeling” from an attack in Manchester two weeks previously.
The London attacks hit a nation still reeling from the shock of the bombing in Manchester almost 2 weeks ago https://t.co/aapuMBQTmf
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 4, 2017
Naturally, the NYT’s statement provoked even more Britishness from the British, following a good telling off from UK folks on Twitter:
— Will Straw (@wdjstraw) June 4, 2017
The thugs who mowed down innocent people would love to think of the UK ‘reeling’ but it isn’t. Don’t confuse grief with lack of courage. https://t.co/9MEUfPLnkv
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 4, 2017
— Robert Harris (@Robert___Harris) June 4, 2017
— Andy L (@A_V_M_L) June 4, 2017
Then out came the British humour, and the hashtag #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling was born:
— Charles Rothwell (@charlierothers) June 4, 2017
#ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling “Aloominum”. FFS it is AL-U-MIN-I-UM!
— CarpeJugulum 63% (@Insinuare) June 4, 2017
— Kika (@MalikaB1999) June 5, 2017
— HugoZ (@DrHugoZ) June 5, 2017
— Jack Rose (@jack_rose10) June 5, 2017
And then came Jeremy Corbyn calling for Theresa May’s resignation for running the police and security services into the ground due to funding cuts. Three days before the General Election:
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) June 5, 2017
Ah, the UK. You’ve got to love it.