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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…

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