The whole country has been brought to a standstill by the horrific attack on innocent young people at the Manchester Arena last night. My thoughts go out to the victims and their families, and my thanks go to the emergency services that ensured the atrocity was not even worse.

Not only was last night an attack on one of the greatest cities there is, but it was an attack specifically on teenagers and children enjoying themselves. Our freedom is why the terrorists hate us.

But we’ve been here before. Manchester was attacked by the IRA in 1996. Alone among the rubble of a devastated Corporation Street 21 years ago, a postbox – pictured below – stood tall: bloodied, but unbowed.

This post box is a symbol of Manchester’s resolve to pick itself up, to dust itself off, and to stick it to those that would do it harm or try to change it.

Our freedom is why they hate us. We won’t allow them to change it.