I was quite touched at the footage of George Psaradakis on the BBC news this week.
George was the driver of the number 30 bus which was blown up by a terrorist on the 7th July 2005. He appears to have embraced life in the UK with a spirit which could show many people the way. I was struck when he mention, in his prepared statement, ‘this great capital of ours’ (or words to that effect).
He has been thrust into the public consciousness through a set of circumstances none of us would wish on anyone, and is still loyal to the country which produced the scumÃ‚Â capableÃ‚Â of such a devastating act.
Unfortunately, over many years, the type of person I normally come into contact with who hail fromÃ‚Â foreignÃ‚Â climes, are more likely to be those who come to plunder, both the nation & the people who live here. That is not a general viewpoint on life, merely a consequence of being a police officer & dealing with the worst in society, day-in, day-out. We see, too many times, when they get caught out, rather than get sent back fromÃ‚Â whenceÃ‚Â they came, they are allowed, under the guise of human rights, to stay here to continue their greed and/or violence unabated.
I would prefer to think that there are far more people like George Psaradakis than there are like the people I mention above. And I’m sure there are, it’s just that they don’t normally make many headlines.