Yesterday Jo Cox, a good, new, Labour MP, was killed in the street by a nutter. I’d never heard of her, but she seems to have been a good lady. She’d worked at Oxfam and so probably had first hand experience of the desperation of thousands of refugees from Syria, Iraq and elsewhere. The killer seems to have been a supporter of far right groups, but there are nutters of all colours and persuasions, how would it have been different if he’d been a mad pro european?
Campaigning for next Thursday’s Euro Referendum was suspended for two days. Most people in Britain , Leavers, Remainers and Don’t Knowers are united in shock.
But after I’d posted a youtube video of her speaking on the Aleppo crisis at the Westminster parliament, one of my so called facebook ‘friends’ wrote:
[War monger gets shot!. Im not supprised or bothered.
She wanted syria bombed on “Humanitarian Grounds” she was plainly deranged and will not be missed.]
Someone wrote that she was appalled by his words.
[ She wanted syria bombed on “Humanitarian Grounds” , hows that not being a war monger?]
[There is an international human rights argument for bombing killers like ISIS, and for sending in UN peacekeeping troops armed with big guns. I supported stopping Saddam Hussein cos of his gassing the Kurds but that went all wrong when the Yanks didnt have a peace plan just a war plan.]
Alex Massie wrote in the Spectator:
Sad doesn’t begin to cover it. This is worse, much worse, than just sad. This is a day of infamy, a day in which we should all feel angry and ashamed. Because if you don’t feel a little ashamed – if you don’t feel sick, right now, wherever you are reading this – then something’s gone wrong with you somewhere.
I’m a Liberal. I agree with most of what Shirley Williams and Paddy Ashdown and Vince Cable and Kirsty Williams and Jo Swinson say and believe. (But not everything). On some things I’m more liberal than them! They have to be responsible in what they say, as MPs. But if they say one little thing wrong over the years and years of talking and listening they get hammered. Like poor little Nick Clegg unwisely signing a pledge not to cut tuition fees.
Oh, and Caroline Lucas, the green MP, I’ve heard her speak live several times and I think she’s great. I think she’s the best MP at Westminster. Good people like these, and from Labour and the Welsh and Scottish parties should get together and form a progressive alliance, they should be our Government not the Conservative party with a majority of seats in Westminster after getting just 36% of the vote in the 2015 election. The European elections for MEPs are by proportional representation and much more fair. Not perfect though – liberal hacks love to bore you with superior complicated voting systems !
It would probably make for a better world if democracies elected more women than men, on average they seem better at listening and compromising, unlike the macho male house of Commons confrontational ya boo red/blue system.
This aint my best writing, but I want it published by midnight…
Jo Cox MP, another hero fallen, more kids hurt…
I dont like thinking about what’s going on in Alleppo and other rapey places. I wish it never happened but that’s not good enough …
I don’t have all the answers, it seems to me there’s a crisis of over population and planet trashing coming up soon, no now…
I hope our scientists will solve it all, but i doubt it…
But being angry and shouting seldom works in my experience,
it makes things worse,
have you ever been experienced?
Frday 17th June 2016