British Politics Decends Into The Darkness

I am finding it very difficult to find the right words to express my shock, horror and anger at today’s events.

Yesterday the referendum campaign descended into farce with a mock sea-battle on the Thames. Today began with Nigel Farage using imagery lifted straight from 1930s Nazi propaganda, and ended with the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox. While there appear to be conflicting eye-witness reports, much of what we’ve heard suggests the killer was a supporter of the far-right.

David Cameron’s decision to call a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union was a spectacular political miscalculation in the first place. It has unleashed dark forces into British politics which will prove very difficult to banish. The Leave Campaign and their supporters in the press, especially The Daily Mail, have been steadily ratcheting up the racist rhetoric in the past weeks; they’re not even bothering with the dog whistle any more. It’s hardly surprising they have the far-right marching under their banner.

In this increasingly ugly atmosphere, it was only a matter of time before something like this was going to happen.

I knew very little about Jo Cox, but the tributes I’ve seen flowing paint a picture of a woman dedicated to making the world a better place. She was a reminder that the majority of MPs across all parties are essentially good people; that the sociopaths, demagogues, charlatans and cynical careerists that exist in all parties too are a minority.

When something like this happens, it’s easy to give in to hate. To rage against the people whose rhetoric empowered the ugliness that took an innocent life. They need to be called to account, yes. But more hate won’t break the cycle.

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2 Responses to British Politics Decends Into The Darkness

  1. ard sloc says:

    Thank you for your passionate but still eloquent comment. We agree with what you say.

  2. Michael says:


    I find myself agreeing with Michael Grove on something.
    This feels very wrong.

    I do not like the way this referendum has been held to the migration issue.
    There is a migration problem.
    Our membership of the EU or not will not solve the migration problem.
    The migration issues need dealing with at the source of the problems, but I have no idea how Syria or Afganistan can suddenly become countries where people want to live.

    Compassion says we must accept more refugees.
    Practicality asks where we get the housing, water, sewage works and all the rest of the support infrastructure from.

    But nobody has talked about serious EU reform. One slanging match between Bob Geldorf and Nigel Farage, in which both parties were as right as they were wrong, is the only mention of fishing policy I’ve heard.

    Reform of the CAP anyone? That has not been mentioned at all.
    The way the carbon emission permits have been thrown about like confetti?
    The carbon trading scheme could have worked, but it hasn’t.
    The EU could do so much good, but it doesn’t.

    I loath the way UKIP has been hammering on about migrants.
    I loath the way Remain have been claiming WW3 will start if we leave.

    And when a mother gets herself killed for doing something about making the country a better place, even though I do not agree with all Labour policy, then we are all in such great trouble I really don’t see the way forward.