EMN Thoughts are with Manchester

I was, and am, in 2 minds as to whether or not to post this, I try to keep this page to marketing stories, but this one felt a bit closer to home than many of these attacks we have sadly become so used to, so please indulge me and give your thought to those in Manchester.

A tragedy in Manchester last night, senseless and barbaric. Ethical Marketing News thoughts are with those affected in any way from this. I am a huge music lover and I cannot imagine what it must be like for those caught up in that. No-one should ever go to a gig and never come back.

The senselessness of targetting children is particularly abhorrent. I feel, also for Ariana Grande herself, I hope she does not feel guilty for people being there, this is not her fault, it could have been anyone.

We still don’t know the facts, but it is looking likely it was a suicide bomber, and I know people’s minds will go rightly or wrongly to Islamist terrorists but I hope people will not be quick to apportion the blame on innocents or a whole religion, we don’t blame all Christians for the acts of a few.

Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, issued the following statement: “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. I understand teenagers and children have been caught up in what the police has confirmed to be a terrorist attack. This is horrific, this is criminal. May the perpetrators face the full weight of justice both in this life and the next.

I pay tribute to the police and emergency services who have worked valiantly to save lives last night. They were helped by civilians who rushed into offer their support. I urge all those in the region and around the country to pool together to support those affected.”

We also pay tribute to all thse who helped, the Dr’s, the Police, the hotels who opened their doors, the taxi drivers who gave free lifts, everyone was amazing and, as usually happens at times like these, we showed why terror attacks won’t work, instead of making us weak, they make us stronger. If this turns out to be an Islamist terror attack these people will not drive a wedge between us and our Muslim neighbours, or us and anyone, we are more than that.

Apologies for posting this, but as a music lover, regular gig goer, and UK based person this feels close in many ways and I know from the analytics we have a few regular Manchester readers so I hope you and yours are all safe.

He may not be everyones cup of tea but I think James Corden says it well:

Again our thoughts go to everyone in Manchester and especially those affected.

Stuart Mitchell

Editor of Ethical Marketing News

Links

http://www.mcb.org.uk/manchester-attack-muslim-council-of-britain-statement/

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