A new generation must survive Britain's fallen heroes
The memory of the victims of 7/7 must not be allowed to fall into disrepair. It will require a new generation of leaders to ensure Britain remains steadfast
Two years ago, on the sixth anniversary of the 7/7 bombings in London, we posed the question, "Why are we already forgetting?" This year, the Evening Standard reported how shamefully, the memorial to the victims of the terrorist attack was falling into disrepair.
Could you imagine such a thing happening to the 9/11 memorial in the United States? The scale of the latter, for a start, is tremendous. It truly lends to the memory of America's deceased. But the 7/7 memorial, tucked away in a corner of London's sprawling Hyde Park, is now succumbing to rust and lack of care.
While those responsible for its well-being have assured the Standard that they “undertake regular maintenance of all our memorials", it is demonstrative of how the British establishment would rather sweep such events under the carpet, choosing not to remember, but rather, to easily and swiftly forget.
Britain recently experienced another atrocity on its streets. The murder of Drummer Lee Rigby was a moment in which the British public cried out together for one of its boys: a son, a father and a defender.
But soon, the focus of the attack turned from the perpetrators, their ideology and the attack itself. The focus turned inwards. To Britain. The questions were asked, "What have we done to cause this?" A false-premise pushed by Islamist sympathisers and the liberal Left. And Britain bought it hook, line and sinker.
There are many answers to the question of why we do this. Why we neglect our own dead in the face of scrutiny and attack from our enemies, and why we cannot seem, as a nation, to act or even speak in concert when attacked.
The British establishment has long ceased to represent the voting public, instead caving to special interests, even when they are the interests of those who would seek to undermine us. The fact that organisations like Unite Against Fascism, which does nothing of the sort, enjoy the support of the British Prime Minister, is symptomatic of a wider internal disarray in Britain.
Nor do the answers lie with English Defence League style yobbishness.
Instead, it is time for a new generation of leaders and thinkers to emerge from Britain's youth. The type of people who were of the age of reason when 52 people were slaughtered on July 7th, and who have the patriotism and wherewithal to stand firm in the face of adversity and terror.
They may just be in their mid to late twenties now, but these men and women are the best hope we can have for reigniting Britain's Blitz spirit. The last generation has all but given up. It is now incumbent on their imminent successors to lead the way, and ensure that like those 52 pillars of steel in Hyde Park, Britain's core does not rust away in the face of pollution and hard weathering.
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