Now More Than Ever

Ten days ago…

Ten days ago, I took for granted the security I felt in my own country.

Ten days ago, Jo Cox was alive.

Is it really possible that just Ten Days Ago, Britain felt so very very different?

I want that country back; where we celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday with Union Jack bunting without a hint of far right nationalism. Where we celebrated England’s progression through to the next round of the Euro 2016 championship, and St George’s flags were flying on cars and out of windows without a hint of far right nationalism.

It feels as if that country is slipping rapidly through our fingers. But we can’t lose all hope. Not yet. We must find a way to share spaces, to listen to each other honestly, to be prepared for difficult conversations, to perhaps disagree on most things, but try really really hard to find the things in common.

And disagree with dignity and with respect.

Now, more than ever, more safe, neutral, warm, welcoming spaces need to be created across our country.

Now, more than ever, ToastLoveCoffee needs to be open for business. Good job we are nearly there now…

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