Week 20-06-16 Archive

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What do the following have in common? Airey Neve, Robert Bradford, Sir Anthony Berry, Ian Gow and Jo Cox? They are all MP's who were murdered whilst going about their normal course of business.

Does any one of the five stand out from the others? The answer is yes. The answer is Jo Cox.

You could say that what made her different was that she was the least experienced, the less well known, and had contributed no where near as much as any of the others to the Government of our country.

However, it is not these qualities - or, rather, the lack of them - that make her unique.

It is that within hours of her brutal death, democracy was virtually put on hold and all political debate and discussion on one of the most serious decisions our Nation has ever faced, was suspended for 3 days.

The consequences of this gross interference with the proper procedures leading up to the referendum on whether or not the UK should remain in the EU, just a few days before that referendum actually taking place, remain to be seen.

And as if this deviation from due process was not enough, Parliament was recalled, a move normally reserved for matters 'in the public interest' and of extreme urgency. More outpourings of grief and "solidarity" among MP's was certainly neither

None of this is to detract from the tragedy of the awful murder of Jo Cox. It is a tragedy for her husband and children, her extended family, her friends and some close colleagues. There is also no doubt that, before becoming an MP, she had already made a mark of some consequence with her humanitarian and charitable work.

But, despite the indulgence in a surfeit of hysterical grief - some of it, without doubt, pretended and much of it politically inspired - by both the media and MP's, she was not the loss to the nation she was made out to be. The poor woman had not had time to become such. She had only been an MP for a year.

Ordinary people watched and listened with astonishment at the hysterical waffle, and those who created and fed it should ask themselves a couple of questions.

Was it spontaneous, or was it carefully orchestrated to sway the result of the referendum. The omerta to which MP's who support Brexit were subjected, even when faced with claims that the murder was supportive of their campaign, did not help that campaign.

And would Jo Cox herself have wanted to go down in history as the catalyst for the degrading of democracy which her death caused.