Following the tragic events of the Manchester Arena attack on Monday night, a number of Manchester natives have shared emotional tributes to the victims via social media. Former The Smiths singer Morrissey (who is one of Manchester’s most famous musicians) has now posted his own personal statement, giving his thoughts on the attack.
Manchester is vastly regarded as one of the most tight-knit, proud cities in all of the UK, and it is often said that its inhabitants carry a strong sense of community. Since the terrorist attack on Monday night, many have noted the magnificent way in which the city banded together to help victims by any means necessary. This included taxi drivers offering free rides, bars and restaurants opening after hours to provide free food and shelter, and local people opening their doors to anyone affected by the attack.
Many in the media have expressed their devastation, whilst other have praised emergency services, Morrissey however, has chosen to criticise a number of powerful figures in the UK for their inability to provide protection.
In a Facebook statement the singer explained: “Celebrating my birthday in Manchester as news of the Manchester Arena bomb broke. The anger is monumental. For what reason will this ever stop?”
He continued: “Theresa May says such attacks ‘will not break us’, but her own life is lived in a bullet-proof bubble, and she evidently does not need to identify any young people today in Manchester morgues. Also, ‘will not break us’ means that the tragedy will not break her, or her policies on immigration. The young people of Manchester are already broken – thanks all the same, Theresa. Sadiq Khan says ‘London is united with Manchester’, but he does not condemn Islamic State – who have claimed responsibility for the bomb. The Queen receives absurd praise for her ‘strong words’ against the attack, yet she does not cancel today’s garden party at Buckingham Palace – for which no criticism is allowed in the Britain of free press. Manchester mayor Andy Burnham says the attack is the work of an ‘extremist’. An extreme what? An extreme rabbit?”
Concluding: “In modern Britain everyone seems petrified to officially say what we all say in private. Politicians tell us they are unafraid, but they are never the victims. How easy to be unafraid when one is protected from the line of fire. The people have no such protections.”