I couldn’t do another blog without commenting on the barbaric and disgusting attacks that took place at the weekend in Paris.
I was out on Friday night with four friends, two of whom are French. We had a lovely meal together and enjoyed some jokes, some great conversation and some lovely food and wonderful company. Unbeknown to us, when we were enjoying ourselves, many hundreds of people were going through the most unimaginable horror.
We read the news about terrible things happing in far flung corners of the earth and we can distance ourselves from them. Terrible as they may be, it is somehow easier for us to pretend that, ‘as it can’t happen to us’, it’s easier to cope with. I know that’s silly really but it is how a lot of us get by.
Now it’s so close to home and London is an obvious target, or Manchester or Glasgow or Milton Keynes and we are all very much more connected to the reality of how dangerous our world is. I know we won’t stop going to work or to the shops and will continue to go about our day to day routines, but now we are fearful, suspicious and looking over our shoulder all the time.
I too am fearful, of the threat of course, but also of the reaction our governments will take. I don’t think you can bomb an ideology but I don’t think you can stand by and watch a bully in action either. I worry too, what sort of world my children are going to inherit and how tolerant and inclusive they will be able to feel when they are the kings of industry or world leaders.
How we move forward from this is not up to me but I know that the path that we decide to follow will have a lasting impact on me and my children and perhaps generations to come. I wonder if this is how my Grandparents felt as the Second World War was just about to start.
My heart goes out to everyone who was affected by the Paris atrocities, especially the colleagues of mine, many of whom I have met, who work at QVC France. I know that a great many of them were personally affected and for a while QVC France went off air. We are back on air now and I know they will make every effort to carry on as normal, but it must be very difficult. All of us at QVCs around the the world held a minute’s silence on Monday for the victims. Although I am not religious, I will say my own little prayer for them to find some sort of peace with their terrible experience. I dearly hope that nothing like this ever happens again but am fairly confident that I will, unfortunately, be bitterly disappointed.