Many people have already written about how the British in general, and Londoners in particular, have responded to the recent terrorist attacks with "resilience and a display of 'plain, common guts'".
In their hour of crisis, the British people received help from another vital source: their opposition party -- not necessarily through anything it did (though I am sure it did plenty of good, positive things), but through the things it, thankfully, did not do. For example:
- It did not call for a "befitting reply", ..., and "[disrupt] commercial, educational, and business activities in parts of the country".
- It did not blame the "lax policies of the government" for the terrorist attacks. Further, it did not say that the attack on the London metro is an attack on the "our cultural ethos and national pride" (as if an attack on other places would somehow be sort of okay).
- It did not say that the government "cannot absolve itself of responsibility" for the terrorist attacks. (See this post by Ashish.)
- It did not force the police and other security forces to battle its cadres (who only wanted to "vent their anger"), thereby taking up their time which, by the way, could have been spent in going after the real terrorists and their accomplices.
- In sum, it did not play "cheap politics".
In addition to commiserating with them, I salute the British people for their wisdom in choosing their politicians -- especially those in the opposition -- who are actually fit to rule their country.