In the wake of the Islamist bombing in Manchester, our 2017 Parliamentary candidate Paul Hickling offers his personal perspective on the attack.

‘To those who say we should carry on as normal; you are wrong and ignorant. The parents of the children whose school was gunned down in San Bernardino cannot carry on as normal; the parents of the 8 year old girl who died in Manchester cannot carry on as normal; the people who were killed and injured in Westminster, St Petersburg, Brussels, Paris and all of the other sites of these atrocities cannot carry on as normal, and the hundreds of girls raped by Muslim gangs in the UK cannot carry on as normal. ‘Normal’ doesn’t work.

How many more of our children have to die in the name of ‘tolerance’? How many more girls have to be raped in the name of ‘equality’? How much more destruction should we endure in the name of Islam?

I’m sick of it. In the words of Martin Niemöller (a church leader persecuted by the Nazis) “First they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Communist. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

I will not pussy-foot around this issue. I will say what we’re all thinking because I know it could be me next. It could be you next. I don’t care who I offend, because I have a point to make and I will be heard. If you agree, speak out; spread the truth and fight to protect our way of life – before it’s too late.’

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