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23 March 2017, 12:19
James O'Brien loves London - and he loves it even more after the response to yesterday's terror attack. This is his message to people who are stirring up hate.
Dedicating his show today to the aftermath of the devastating London terror attack yesterday, James didn't hold back.
"I'm certainly not going to let anybody change my town, change my home, change my city, change my people because you find our freedoms and our enthusiasms offensive," he said.
"Because you don't think that people can live alongside each other in peace and harmony, you want to build fences and erect walls. There are plenty of people like you who share my background I'm not going to let them change me either.
"This is my town."
And then James made a striking point as he reflected on the nationalities of those who were killed or hurt as the terrorist drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.
"Four South Koreans, one German, three French children, one Pole, one Irish, one Chinese, two Greek, two Romanians, one Italian and one American. Next time you hear someone complaining about people speaking foreign in Britain read them that list.
"Four South Koreans, one German, three French children, one Pole, one Irish, one Chinese, two Greek, two Romanians, one Italian and one American. Some of whom will call London home.
"Aysha Frade, of Spanish origin. She called London home. She was killed yesterday.
"They're not going to change me and they're not going to change you. And if they do somehow allow seeds of bile to be sown in your soul, seeds that will grow into hatred and division and bitterness, then you have chosen to let them.
"You have elected to be terrorised. I elect not to be."
Category: Westminster Terror Attack