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drive-in set to continue for the rest of the week. Lots of warm

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sunshine coming through. As a consequence, it will turn very warm,

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in fact, hot for some. Hello and welcome to our lookahead

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key papers. -- Hello and welcome to our look

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ahead to what the papers will be With me are Laura Hughes,

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Political Correspondent at the Daily Telegraph

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and Jack Blanchard, Political And there's really only

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one story in town. And The Guardian reports

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that the security services are urgently seeking to establish

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if the Manchester suicide bomber, was acting alone or was

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linked to a wider group. The Mail reports that troops

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could be deployed on Britain's streets, in the wake

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of last night's attack. The Times highlights his link

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to Libya, saying the bomber recently The Daily Telegraph says

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thousands of soldiers will be deployed on

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the streets amid fears The Daily Mirror features

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pictures of two of those killed at the Manchester

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Arena, including the youngest victim known

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so far, 8-year-old, While the Metro also carries

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a picture of Saffie Roussos and reports that

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Theresa May has raised the UK terror threat

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level to 'critical'. First, we have the pictures are two

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of the victims, Saffie and Georgina. Between them, some words, but also

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the pop singer, Ariana Grande, that they both went to see it that

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concert. Both excited. Both delighted. Like so many, hundreds of

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young girls, were to be at that concert. Lots of women have actually

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written some amazing pieces today about how significant that moment is

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for a young teenage girl, to go to her first ever concert, maybe with

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her friends, or parents have taken her for her birthday, or a Christmas

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present. And it just showers how artfully brutal this attack was. It

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was targeting young people enjoying a moment, actively going to see

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enjoyment, and to have this moment that this attack chose to pick that,

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you know, it was not even just... He will would have known who would have

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been in a concert hall. And the vision of parents waiting outside

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for their young daughters to come out, and then suddenly, it hits,

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that something is going on, where is my daughter? That moment of panic.

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It is so extraordinary, as Theresa May made the point, like many have,

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they targeted young girls in this country who were having this

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cultural moment, really, that a lot of us have. And they have taken out

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a way. Yes. At the bottom end of the front page, soldiers on the streets.

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This is the response from Theresa May, and an announcement in the last

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hour and a half or so, I think it was, or maybe two hours, Operation

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Tempura, we go to see guys, military personnel, on the streets, with

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guns, the police? It was an extraordinary statement

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that the Prime Minister made, to see her come out and say that another

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attack could be imminent and to tell is that thousands of troops will be

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on our streets tomorrow. This is something very rare in Britain. The

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last time this happened I think was 2003 when there was a perceived

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threat to Heathrow and that was targeted at the airport. The Prime

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Minister was talking about troops at football matches, the FA Cup finals

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coming up, presumably we will see the army outside. What we're used to

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in the country and it shows how concerned they are that this is not

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the end of this story. I have travelled to enforce between

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Brussels for work and getting off the Eurostar over there and there

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are armoured personnel carriers waiting at the station and troops

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with machine-guns, it is not a pleasant atmosphere to arrive into

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and you are immediately on guard and worried, when would you feel safe?

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You hope that that is not the society we move towards, you hope

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this is a short term measure while they try and figure out who else was

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involved in the plot. There has been a state of emergency in Paris for

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over a year? And how long are we going to have these troops? Theresa

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May said it could be up to 5000. This kind of brigade at I

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understand, is on standby for occasions like this and that

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obviously the reason they have done this is that they decided in a COBRA

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meeting, that meeting is what triggered it, what are they basing

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this decision on? That is the question. Do they have intelligence

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that this man was not acting alone and he was part of a larger network

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could there still be people out there? What prompted them to do

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this? Or are they concerned that there may be copycat attacks? It is

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a transformation that we will see right across the country,

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potentially. Airports, you know, football stadiums, anywhere where

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many people will gather. But does it... You talk, Jack, about seeing

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troops on the streets in Brussels, I have seen them there as well and in

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Paris. Does that make you feel safer? Different people react

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differently. Some people feel safer, seeing an armed presence. Certainly

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not everyone. I have spoken to other people who do not feel safer when

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they see men with guns wandering around on the streets. It seems like

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a natural reaction to where we are right now, there is much expert

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analysis of what this guy did last night who are saying that commie

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now, this does not tend to be something you do on your own. If

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there is any possibility that there is a bomb maker out that planning

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further attacks and they need to do what they can to keep people safe

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and, especially at big events like we saw last night. My point is when

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I am in Paris and I see these soldiers with their automatic

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weapons, I think if there is a suicide bomber who wants to blow

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himself up, he would just run in blow himself up. The soldier will

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not have time to turn react, shoot the guide and stop this from

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happening. While we have a public show of security on the street,

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there has got to be much more invested when the scenes. Get

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intelligence gathering. Keeping an eye on suspects. That is where the

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real work has to take place, isn't it? And one hopes that those

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resources will now be there. And in fairness to our services they have

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done a brilliant job over the last 15 years. It is amazing how rare

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this has been and how long it is taken for one to get through, if you

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like. We have been told over and over that it is a matter of when,

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not if, and I think they have foiled a dozen or so big plots. We cannot

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be critical of the in a general sense. Inevitably, I think many

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people realise that this day is going to come. We have had a

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statement from the mayor of London following the COBRA meeting and

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Theresa May announcing that the threat level has been increased, the

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Mayor of London has put out a statement saying that the National

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threat level has been raised to critical an advice of the security

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experts in the aftermath of the barbaric terrorist attack in

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Manchester. He says that London stands in solidarity with the people

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of Manchester, those who seek to harm and divide us through barbaric

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acts of terrorism will never succeed, we will never be cowed by

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terrorism. That is the latest from the Mayor of London. On to the Mira

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now. Georgina Callander there on the front as well Saffie. A similar

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picture to what was on the front page of the Daily Mail. You are

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pointing this out, Laura, that this... The softest of targets. A

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rite of passage for many young girls, going with their mothers to

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their first concert. And killed by evil, that is what the Daily Mirror

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has on its front page. The scale of how mini people will been affected

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by this as well, we have seen in an pictures of two young girls but

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21,000 young people were at that concert. It is one of the biggest

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venues, possibly the biggest in North England. I spoke to a group

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from the outskirts of Manchester, people who know people who know

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people who was there, somebody's cousins or dads friends daughter

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everybody will have been affected by this in some way. It is that, you

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know... Especially for the young people, they will have to live with

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that. And then it is all over the media and it is everywhere. It is

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difficult to escape. And given the political campaigning has been

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stopped, we will wake up tomorrow and see the army potentially on the

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streets, this is not something that will be easy for anyone to even stop

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thinking about for a bit. And ever present is danger, obviously, but

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one that you can put at the back of your mind. But if you see troops on

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the streets... Given how many people were in that concert, each one of

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those people will have family and... You think how many people are now

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going to be looking at their weekend plans. Will they go double concert

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or festival over the summer? Any of sporting event. Friends of mine in

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Paris no longer go to a crowded place. What appearance meant to tell

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their children now? On the front page of the times. Libya terror

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link. This man, they have a name for him, he was born in Manchester.

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Salman Abedi. From Libyan stock, his parents came here as refugees in the

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mid- 90s. This suggestion is that this man flu back from Libya quite

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recently. That is a new kind of angle that has emerged this evening.

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That he actually may have just only recently returned on Libya. And what

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was he doing that in Libya? Was he being trained in a camp to do the

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things that he has come back to do? There will now be a massive effort

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out there to work out what he was doing, who he had associations with,

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who did he fly out and fly backwards? Was he on our radar? Did

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we know about this movement? Were the security services watching?

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There will be many questions and, again, Libya is a sore point given

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Britain's role in the country and questions again will be asked about

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that. The Guardian as well. Young life stolen by terror. Two pictures

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of the same girls on the front and on the bottom of their people

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holding pictures, placards saying that they love Manchester. And,

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indeed, an interesting phrase now. Manchester, United. Red and blue

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together. Anyone who watched the footage of the vigil tonight would

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have been deeply moved by it. I know Manchester quite well and I know how

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proud people are of the city and how much of a sense of the community

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there is there. It was incredibly powerful to see so many people out

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there in the late evening sunshine coming together. I don't if you saw,

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there was a poet who read our pome about Manchester that is incredibly

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powerful to watch. Everyone should really see that. I think the new

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Mayor of the city has done a terrific job today. He is only two

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weeks into the job and he has spoken for the city. Manchester has been

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through some thing similar to this before, this is not the first time

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they had been targeted. Nothing as serious as this, obviously, but it

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is a city that has come back from this before and will come back

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again. And there were amazing stories, as there always are and we

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should focus on them. People, heroes that rushed towards the scene. Was

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London taxi drivers. People offering free lifts, offering their homes,

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charging phones, food, water, a homeless man who ran straight into

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the middle of the scene and I saw a scene earlier, someone set up a page

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to raise money for him so he has somewhere to sleep tonight. There

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are extraordinary stories and are always up and it is important that

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we celebrate that. One coward but thousands... Anyone who went away

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much today or a tribute... There is one of him and far more of us. Looks

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at the helpers, it is a nice phrase. You always see it in the footage on

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the photos, there are always people helping everytime full it is an

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instinctive action of almost everybody. We only have a couple of

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minutes left. We will end with the Daily Telegraph. Interesting,

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commentary on the bottom is there from Allison Pearson. There has been

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a load of debate about how we as a nation or how any Western nation

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should respond to this kind of attack. There is a sense for some

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people that the idea that we should just carry on, soldiers through is

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not enough. People need to get angry and society needs to get angry. Is

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there a sense that, perhaps, we as a nation, in dealing with these kinds

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of attack, are not getting angry enough? Certainly in this commentary

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it has been made clear and she thinks there should be internment

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camps. It is belittling to tell people how they need to respond to

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this and to tell them that they are not angry enough. Everyone I spoke

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to today is gutted by what happened in Manchester but it is about acting

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on the right way and the response is important. This terror attack is not

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a sign of strength, a sign of weakness. The most cowardly thing

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that you can do. And they will not harm institutional democracy, they

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will only do that if we react in the wrong way to something like this.

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Shouting at people that they need to get angry and set off internment

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clamps is the wrong result. That is precisely what terrorists want you

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to do and that is why we should not do it. We are angry, of course, but

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we must be rational and think about how we respond to this in a way that

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keeps our society is strong. We saw the response of Theresa May, that

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was quite strong. Whatever you think of her, whatever your alignment, she

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is good at delivering that message of we will not be cowed we will not

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be defeated. I think that is actually come as a country, what to

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do. I remember after the bombings in 2007, everyone was on the tube the

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next day and carried on. That is how we win. The response of Britain to

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things like this is magnificent and people on the sidelines shouting

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that we need to get angry and reacting on the wrong way will not

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help. Many thanks to both of you to look at the only headline, really

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the outpouring of grief following that atrocity last night in

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Manchester. Many thanks for that. That is it for us. Thank

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