As a creature of habit I don’t like missing my Sunday blog, but last night an opportunity came up to head over to Old Trafford Cricket Ground with a close friend to watch Ariana’s concert and pay tribute to the people who died and were injured in the attack a few weeks ago, so I jumped at the chance. I am glad I did too. It was an extraordinary occasion.
With everything going on in London on Saturday, with similar atrocities, it’s important we as a country unite against terrorists and demonstrate that we are bigger than their pathetic actions.
As you’d expect with a concert of this stature held in Manchester, it had everything you could ever imagine. There are not many times when we will see a lineup of such eclectic genres Robbie Williams, Take That, Liam Gallagher, Black Eyed Peas, Ariana. The list was just incredible and the spirit of the whole night just amazing.
One thing that stood out for me is that the police in Greater Manchester are on top form. Not withstanding they are under significant pressure to deliver and protect our community under a heightened security alert, every single member of the police, men and women alike were just amazing. I saw something I never thought I’d witness with kids dancing in circles holding the hands of policemen, policewomen on horseback with beaming smiles, traffic cops with their windows down saying hello as we walked past. It was a night we can be proud of, not just for Manchester but for Britain.
Adversity unites. I have always said that some of my greatest friendships and relationships, started off from the toughest of circumstances. It’s easy to disagree on things with people, but it’s also important to remember the common ground too and see where we have areas of mutual interest where we can build together.
I reposted a document from one of the political parties this weekend and all hell broke loose with hundreds of comments replying. There is so much anger wrapped up in this election. Labour and Conservative supporters have never been further apart with regards to their beliefs and because of this we all forget that actually we all want the same thing for Britain. Red or Blue, each and every one of us simply wants a stronger Britain, with better hospitals, schools. A safer Britain too, with more of our amazing police would be nice and never more important than it is right now with crime on the rise and terrorists on our doorsteps.
How we get there I am not sure it really matters who is in charge as long as we deliver this.
So we may be polls apart with some of political views, but it’s good to remember that we are all in this great country of ours together. It’s nights last night and events like the last few weeks that define us and unite us at times of real adversity. As a city, Manchester, we are closer than ever and whilst as a country we maybe politically divided on the outside, this election will be over soon and regardless of who wins, we will soon forget our differences of opinions and remember what matters. After all it’s not politicians who build the country, it’s you and I, and it’s time we just get on with our job.
And will there be tough times again in the future? I am sure of that, but will these difficult times break us or stop us in our tracks. Definitely not! The most precious stones in the world, diamonds are created under the most enormous amounts of pressure. Pressure forces us to create clarity. Its the tough times that force us to collaborate and rely on each other which is no bad thing.
So when you are working this week set aside your political differences and remember the things we have in common, music, kids, these great cities and towns, our beautiful countryside, our beautiful country! And have an awesome week. Peace!