There must be thousands, if not millions, up and down this country who were moved to tears by the news of Jo Cox’s murder and wept again when we read her husband’s tweet about her. It’s a dreadful, dreadful thing to see a principled, courageous, outspoken, young politician die in such a brutal way. They’re going to miss her in Westminster. Politicians like her are rare and precious. And we shall miss her too.
But perhaps something of her positive approach to life can be rescued from the horror. We must hope so. Perhaps now we might begin to understand that killers and the politicians who stir them up and egg them on, need to be dealt with. Perhaps we shall find some way of doing it.
This kind of dreadful cruelty pours out of an uncontrollable hatred, the same terrible emotion that drives child abusers, paedophiles and all those who hurt, torture and kill any available target no matter how innocent they might be. Nobody in any position of authority who is possessed with even a modicum of sense should now think it in order to whip such people up. It is much too dangerous. Maybe as a society we should be trying to find a way to restrict inflammatory, political speeches and to encourage compassion and kindness. We all need to think very deeply about this and about what is to happen next. We owe it to Jo.