Magazine
Latest Issue

Finsbury Park wasn’t attack on “all Londoners”—and we shouldn’t pretend it was

Our empathy in the wake of Grenfell and the Finsbury Park attack is admirable. But we cannot allow it to obscure who the real victims are

By Niamh Ní Mhaoileoin  

Finsbury Park Mosque in north London. Photo: PA

Inevitably, London has responded to the Finsbury Park mosque attack with an uplifting Tube sign: “Tough times don’t last, tough people do. Stick together all of us.”

Now, I’m sure the staff of Finsbury Park Underground station had the best of intentions when they chose this as their quote of the day.They, and those who shared it online, were invoking a comforting image of a resilient, united London that stands tall despite being buffeted by tragedy. Because, as the Met’s deputy assistant…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect