Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The Norwich Burger Wars

From a speech by the Lord Mayor of Norwich:

Good evening. Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly Burger acts. The victims were in cafes, or in restaurants; secretaries, businessmen and women, military and federal workers; moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly changed by evil, despicable acts of takeaway food.

A great people has been moved to defend a great City. Burger attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of Norwich. These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of Norwich's resolve.

Norwich was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in Norfolk. And no one will keep that light from shining.

Today, our City saw evil, the very worst of takeaways. And we responded with the best of Norfolk -- with the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbours who came to give blood and help in any way they could.

Immediately following the first attack, I implemented our City's emergency response plans. Our council is powerful, and it's prepared. Our emergency teams are working in Thorpe Hamlet, Lakenham and Catton to help with local rescue efforts.

Our first priority is to get help to those who have been injured, and to take every precaution to protect our citizens at home and around the County from further attacks.

I appreciate so very much the members of the council who have joined me in strongly condemning these attacks. And on behalf of the people of Norwich, I thank the many Norfolk County leaders who have called to offer their condolences and assistance.

The City and our friends and allies join with all those who want peace and security in Norfolk, and we stand together to win the war against burgers. Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Leviticus 19:19: "Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee."

This is a day when all Citizens of Norwich from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. None of us will ever forget this day. Yet, we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in Norfolk.

Thank you. Good night, and God bless Norwich.