#BritishThreatLevels hashtag delivers stoical humour in the face of terror
In the wake of the attack on Manchester Arena on Monday, the nation has gone through a wave of emotions – grief, revulsion, horror. Political and community leaders have urged the country to carry on as normal, and the vigils and tributes to the victims have shown the stoic side of the British character. Last night poet Tony Walsh spoke for an entire city with his emotional ode to Manchester, This is the Place.
But there’s also something tremendously cathartic about British humour, and following the raising of the official threat level to critical and deployment of troops on the street, social media users have rallied around the hashtag #BritishThreatLevels.
It’s one of those moments when the nation’s chatroom lifts its head up from the gloom and the bile to celebrate Britishness. And of course they focus on our core shared cultural values – tea, queues, and awkward public transport experiences.