THE overflowing flowers in St Ann’s Square, a grieving city’s tribute to the victims of the terrorist bombing on May 22nd, have been removed. The final memorial service, for Saffie Roussos, an eight-year-old described by her father as a “superstar in the making”, has been held. Next month the Arena concert hall, where 22 people lost their lives, is due to reopen. In many ways, Manchester is returning to normal after the worst atrocity in Britain since the 7/7 attacks on London in 2005.
But what will the new normal be? Take the recent experience of Michael Issler, owner of the JS Kosher Jewish restaurant in the Prestwich district of Manchester. On June 6th, at 3am, somebody shattered a side window, doused the interior in petrol and set it alight. The restaurant is still boarded up; Mr Issler does not know when it will reopen. Another Jewish restaurant, Ta’am, was also attacked, but suffered less damage. On July 16th a mosque used by…Continue reading