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Don't let the bigots exploit our sorrow.

Byline: JOE LINDSAY

I FOUND myself asking a question repeatedly this week. "How did we get to a point where angry, disturbed minds decide to make bombs to target children?"

It's monstrous and unfortunately too common in this world. It's no different to children and innocents being carpet-bombed by generals in the name of a pointless, callous war against people they probably armed in the first place.

That inspires evil deeds in return. And it happens at home. No better way to recruit fanatics and fundamentalists. That's the way of the world now. I found it difficult to comprehend and process the events of last Monday night.

As someone who went to countless gigs and clubs at the height of the Troubles here, I never felt fear or threat that something bad would happen. I refused to let the world frighten me and I still do.

But some people love atrocities like this, they capitalise on them in a vile attempt to further themselves. Everyone from the latenight keyboard warrior to the politician. They crawl out of the swamp when such things happen.

Someone had a go at me because I was posting on social media about the return of Twin Peaks. My favourite TV show of all time was back and I was having discourse with other fans and not really aware of what had happened yet in Manchester to be honest.

Apparently I shouldn't have been talking about a TV show because "other things are happening".

I mean, wow. Being told how you should feel and deal with something by a relative stranger. Welcome to the world wide web, a place of social interaction and moral policing. What a time to be alive.

I'm not saying I don't normally have something to say about these things online, as I'm as guilty and often worse than most for that kind of thing, but this was different.

When I heard it was an Ariana Grande gig, I instantly knew the audience demographic and my hit the floor. There is the unfortunate predictable inevitability that the online scum will spread their vicious bile in a tragic, pathetic bid to gain much needed attention.

I knew oxygen thief professional gobshite Katie Hopkins would be straight online, with poisonous illfounded rhetoric.

She's someone who has made a career out of this kind of thing, a deluded shitzkrieg of ignorance and hatred who erroneously regards herself in the most selfaggrandising manner as a maverick, a rebellious voice, as she has put it, "on the line".

In reality she's actually, less than a nothing, a negative entity whose ego is veneer thin, masking a self-loathing and bitterness that would be best kept to herself.

Hopkins suggested a "Final solution" to terrorist attacks. She summoned her inner Nazi for that one. She didn't have to dig too deep. LBC sacked her immediately for her comments but I'm sure she'll find a job somewhere else, there's always a place and audience for raging, witless stupidity.

Here in Northern Ireland, we can always rely on the dim witted, myopic, hate-fuelled politician to try and capitalise on tragedy for their own end.

It's the same tedious whoopee cushions of tired reactionary nonsense who will remain nameless. You know who they are, let's not give them any more attenstomach myopic to tsbpwu tragedy tion. But the most shocking, ill-advised backfire was a front page story by the Bel Tel who decided to inform us that people can bring backpacks into tourist attractions and public buildings in Belfast with complete freedom. Imagine that!!

Who knows what they could be carrying in those bags? We must be vigilant. All those bags you see everyday could contain something awful. More than likely it'll be a packed lunch.

What an irresponsible, cheap, tawdry piece of opportunistic "journalism" that was. Shame on everyone involved.

The world still doesn't frighten me and it shouldn't frighten you. Nor should we fuel the bigots by remembering them or their words.

We should remember those who lost their lives and the families they have left behind.

They should be uppermost in our thoughts.

We can rely on myopic dimwits to capitalise on tragedy

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 29, 2017
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