In the immediate aftermath of the events at London Bridge last year, the most prominent goal seemed to be ensuring those affected received efficient assistance. Whilst this ideology remains, it seems to now be occurring concurrently with another: innovating key areas to make sure these events may be left in memory, rather than replicated. This ideology was highlighted by Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who utilised the Andrew Marr show, which itself is easily accessible to the masses, to outline the improvements which may be scheduled, including alterations to how intelligence may be utilised in the future. Considering the impact of other complex predicaments which occurred in the following months, such as Grenfell, the public may be increasingly willing to offer assistance, and with an array of influencers involving themselves, the memorials may underpin the unity throughout the nation.
While remembering those affected may remain at the forefront of focus, a productive outcome of the situation, and one seemingly highlighted throughout the memorial, may be the actions of the emergency services. Their competence, coupled with the speed of their response, seemed to play the most pivotal role in ensuring both a rapid resolution and assisting those in need. They seemed to face challenging circumstances due to the brief period involved, yet they seemed to relish it, and in showing their ability to work effectively in significant time constraints, they may have enhanced their chances of attaining increased funding.
The memorials may, therefore, be utilised by several politicians, who may be seeking to potentially carry out the innovation the public might be requesting. With one of the largest debates during the General Election surrounding police funding, the desire for increased officers may be well documented; in counteracting the perpetrators in eight minutes, they may have showcased their competence. In adhering to public desire, these influencers may, therefore, strengthen their positions. For Theresa May, she may be aiming to productively impact those involved via her position as Prime Minister, whilst Corbyn may be striving to highlight his understanding of current affairs, and how he may resonate with those affected to attain fresh votes. Furthermore, with the leaders of the major parties possessing large support networks, and more specifically social media followings, showing their support for those affected may inspire and motivate the masses to act similarly.
The most productive outcome of the predicament seemed the unity showcased by the public, with citizens from an array of backgrounds, ethnicities and classes showcasing solidarity in their quest to create a more stable future. With Brexit negotiations ongoing, and the nationalistic wave which may be occurring across Britain in tandem, bypassing boundaries and uniting may ensure a coherent future. A key part of the memorial seems to thus be adhering to this ideology, with people from different ethnic and religious backgrounds gathering on London Bridge, and encouraging people to act similarly, with the hashtag, ‘LondonUnited’ increasingly prominent. Consequently, all seem to be working together, and with the Consensus showing London to be the second most diverse city in the world, with six major religions established, this may be increasingly noteworthy.
While those who acted as the catalyst in the event may have aimed to achieve division, the opposite may have occurred, and a year on people seem to be continuing to unite. Transport seems to be utilised vastly in the area, and with the public also incorporating walking across the bridge, and the station, as part of their routine, it seems ensuring normality may be a prominent aim. As such, Britain may have successfully balanced reacting, and assisting, a number of groups. In recognising those impacted, rewarding those who assisted, and revolutionising the standard of living in London, the foundations for a productive future may be being laid. Therefore, the memorials seem to have showcased the strength which London citizens possess, and with all the potential repercussions, the capital seems increasingly united, with acts of defiance proving the harmony between all in one of the most diverse cities in the world.
How may analysing the aftermath of the situation ensure a more stable future?