It is far too easy to look at the events, the horror and peoples undeniable bravery in responding to them and say, “we all pulled together” and “the blitz spirit pulled us through”.
Yes there were acts of immense bravery and selflessness, police officers, medical professionals, ambulance crews, transport workers and members of the public all stepped up to the challenge and were not found wanting.
However, to brand the report on the 7/7 incidents as just an “insult to 999 crews” as Ken Livingstone has done is an insult in itself. He went on to say that “They (the London Assembly Committee set up to report on the events) set out to look for everything that didn’t go perfectly and they found some”. Well Ken, that was the point.
The report highlighted equipment, and resourcing failures rather than individual failings, it seems Ken would rather sweep these under the carpet. If we bury our heads in the sand and refuse to learn lessons from the attacks and our reaction to them we are condemning ourselves to repeat any mistakes that were made.