Sad to record the death of Jo Cox MP today.
Although only elected last year, she seems to have made an impression. More so she seemed like a good Labour MP….and GOD knows there are not many of them around.
While we cant lose sight of the fact that a 41year old woman…a wife and mother has been savagely attacked in a Yorkshire street, politicians tend to band together and claim it was an attack on the entire democratic process.
It may well be so.
But if politicians and broadcasters choose that narrative, they need to be consistent. So as BBC and SKYNEWS journalists conduct interviews with MPs and they recall that Stephen Timms, a Labour MP was stabbed while conducting a surgery in London about five years ago, it might be fitting to recall that Rev Robert Bradford MP for South Belfast was shot dead while conducting a surgery in 1981.
It might be that events of thirty five years ago have no resonance for the current generation. But just as likely anything Norn Iron means nothing to anybody in the Westminster village.
It is NOT the time to jump on a bandwagon. Some will do so…especially in the context of the European Referendum.
No side in that increasingly divisive and close Referendum should attempt to gain an advantage or demonise another side.
The best way to deal with this “attack on the democratic process” is to not let it affect the way we should vote.
Jo Cox RIP.