After the terrorist attacks in Manchester, the Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham, said:
"We are grieving today but we are strong. Today it will be business as usual as far as possible in our great city."
For the majority of people, the quote was read as intended: yes, there will clearly be disruptions and, yes, we are clearly hurting, but no, these people won't leave us broken and cowed.
There was an outpouring of support from around the world.
After the terrorist attack in London, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:
"My message to Londoners and visitors to our great city is to be calm and vigilant today. You will see an increased police presence today, including armed officers and uniformed officers. There is no reason to be alarmed by this."
Again, the majority of people understood what he meant, and there was an outpouring of support from around the world. With a notable exception.
Could the difference in the responses from this certain individual be due to the fact that Sadiq Khan is a Muslim of Pakistani descent?
I'm proud of the way the people of the UK have responded to these attacks, especially after US news media would have you believe that British and European people are living in constant fear. Although I no longer live full-time in the UK, I can tell you that I'm certainly not afraid of going back. Neither are any of my European friends.
Going back to the one individual whose name and face I'm frankly sick of seeing, until he explains and apologizes for his insensitive, ill-informed and offensive remarks, there's no way he should be given the honour of a state visit to the UK.
In the meantime, I suggest he reads a few books on international law, the use of force and terrorism.