On Thursday afternoon I got in my car to drive to an evening event: a book launch for Kay Wilson’s “The Rage Less Traveled”. On a whim I turned on LBC Radio stream from the UK. LBC is probably the biggest talk radio station in the UK, now calling itself “Leading Britain’s Conversation”.
The host, Ian Payne, announced the topic as people suffering from PTSD following terror attacks. He was specifically referring to a report out of the UK that at least 400 people who’d been near the London Bridge terror attack in 2017 (van Jihad attack followed by stabbings) have PTSD but have received no treatment. I could then hear that he was short of calls because he was reading out tweets. A sure sign that he doesn’t have a full switchboard.
I jumped on the phone and called Kay because there’s nobody else I know who has both survived a terror attack and literally written a book about PTSD and working through this to recovery! I hung up on her and within 2 minutes I heard Ian Payne announce a caller “Kay from [pause for unfamiliar place name] Ra’anana”. You can hear the call and what Ian had to say after the news which followed the call. Clearly he spent the whole break googling Kay and reading from her book blurb.
Ian, if you happen to see this blog post, please get in touch with me (direct messages on Twitter or Telegram are a good way) and I’ll get a copy of Kay’s book to you if you didn’t buy it already.
But I’m genuinely grateful that Kay managed to take her important message of her resilience, aided by wider Israeli society and the ongoing pay-to-slay funding of terrorists by the Palestinian Authority (in turn funded by the EU and other governments) to the UK audience. It’s a crying shame that her story has received so little attention from the British media in the years since the attack.