With the horrific terrorist activity in Manchester, it was quite right that campaigning for the 2017 election was suspended. It starts ‘part time’ today and will go into full flow tomorrow. From an Election Superstar perspective, this was TOTALLY appropriate.
As a nation we needed time to respect those who had died and to come to terms with the dreadful act. We needed the political leaders to focus on Manchester’s tragedy and to voice everyone’s thoughts.
There is a time and place to campaign, and there is another time to stop; be silent and reflect on the tragedy; to show respect to others. This was the correct response. Also, from a purely practical point of view, Operation Cobra (the anti-terrorist committee) had to meet and as Theresa May is the Prime Minister, she needed to attend these; be a spokesperson for the nation and make decisions based on intelligence. It was a sensible decision, based on respect for those in Manchester and national security to agree to suspend the campaigning.
The fact is that Life and Events are bigger than an election campaign, and there are occasions where the ONLY thing to do is stop; be silent and reflect. As human beings we look to our leaders: elected and otherwise, to voice how we feel and to speak on our behalf.
For this very reason, I believe there were a number of silent election superstars.