London’s mayor, Ken Livingstone, was still in Singapore when the explosions occurred. He had been there leading the city’s successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games.
He insisted London and Londoners would be able to overcome what he described as an “indiscriminate attempt at mass murder.”
“This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty and the powerful. It was not aimed at presidents and prime ministers. It was aimed at normal working class Londoners – black and white, Muslim and Christian, Hindu and Jew, young and old. An indiscriminate attempt to slaughter irrespective of any considerations for age, for caste, for religion, whatever,” he said.