Friday, 17 June 2016

Jo Cox R.I.P.

Now, I know she isn't a local, but, before I moved back down South, I studied, worked and lived in Yorkshire for nearly 16 years, and still have many friends up there, and the Yorkshire folk are a bit of a unique breed, so I am publishing something I wrote elsewhere because I believe this isn't just about the assassination of a Yorkshire politician, it is also about an attack on the social fabric of our country, wherever we live. 

70 years ago, British and allied forces landed in Europe to fight an evil, National Socialism, and British troops voted for, and returned to the promise of an end to the 5 evils described by Beveridge, with the introduction of the Welfare State, Full Employment, Education for all, and the National Health Service... 

This is what I wrote...

"Jo Cox, made in Yorkshire... someone proud to represent the constituency in which she was born, someone who celebrated the diversity of that multicultural constituency within the beauty of the county of Yorkshire.
She believed that "while we celebrate our diversity, what surprises me time and time again as I travel around the constituency is that we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us."
She promoted human rights, and worked with others, whatever their political leaning, for a more compassionate and tolerant world.
She was so much more a better person than her assassin.
My thoughts are with those who knew her, her husband, children and other family, her friends and colleagues, and her constituents.
Sadly, we are living in an increasingly evil and intolerant world, returning to the Dark Ages as we split apart...
Jo Cox R.I.P."  

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