At Wellthisiswhatithink we have often bemoaned the brutalisation of politics. The way “anti politics” has become the new norm. A politics which is little more than cynicism, mistrust, name-calling and sloganising. It is seen most clearly and more than ever in the mindless forwarding of memes that brook no discussion, because no discussion is possible.

Those with an agenda to drive will accuse this blog of descending into vitriol on occasion. We reject that accusation. Politics is a serious matter, and you cannot “do” politics without disputation. Indeed, disputation – the contest of ideas – is the very core of freedom. And if we have, and it can be demonstrated, then we will recant and apologise.

But there is a difference – a gulf – between healthy disputation and hatred. And hatred has become the new normal, and relatively recently, too.

Whether it is in America, France, Denmark, Norway, the UK or Australia. Whether it is a discussion of guns, of racism, gay rights, of female emancipation, the European Union, or, most obviously, immigration, refugees and specifically Islam. The attitude that “you are with me, 100%, or you are evil and worthy of whatever abuse I choose to throw your way” has taken deep root. With the ascension of Trumpism, most obviously, we see how the inchoate mass rage generated by mindless sloganeering translates into political power, and then political violence. Democracy is a fragile flower, and it is wilting.

This article discussing Jo Cox’s assassination – for that is what it was – says it better than we can. We strongly recommend you read it. Because hatred is never funny. Hatred is never smart. Hatred is never right. Hatred is never appropriate.

Sure, “politics is a contact sport.” It doesn’t have to be murder.

In slightly better news, #ThankYourMP is trending in the UK. Many people simply saying thank you to their MP, whether or not they vote for them. Well done, whoever thought that up.

  1. underwriiter505 says:

    Such a beautiful person, outside and in. What a loss.


  2. The people in the press and blogosphere that continue to print hate and division have a lot to answer for. From BOTH sides.

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    • It is certainly not limited to one side of any debate currently, Richard, and I would not want to assert that it is. And we have all probably said things in the past we regret. The events of the last week should cause us all to consider more deeply. Rhetoric has consequences.


  3. gwpj says:

    Thanks for sharing this Yolly. I clicked on the link and read the whole article, and shared it widely. Terribly, terribly sad, and so unnecessary!


  4. Pat A says:

    Thanks for this thoughtful article Yolly. I have been looking on the net and found this
    Where it specifically states (with the names of two eyewitnesses and mention of others) that the assassin shouted ‘Britain First’ before he killed poor brave Jo Cox.

    Her husband sounds as remarkable as she was – look at what he said when his heart must have been breaking just after her sad death –

    “‘I and Jo’s friends and family are going to work to fight against the hate that killed Jo'”

    “In a statement, Brendan Cox said: “Today is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. More difficult, more painful, less joyful, less full of love. I and Jo’s friends and family are going to work every moment of our lives to love and nurture our kids and to fight against the hate that killed Jo.

    “”Jo believed in a better world and she fought for it every day of her life with an energy, and a zest for life that would exhaust most people.

    “”She would have wanted two things above all else to happen now, one that our precious children are bathed in love, and two, that we all unite to fight against the hatred that killed her. Hate doesn’t have a creed, race or religion, it is poisonous.

    “”Jo would have no regrets about her life, she lived every day of it to the full.” ”

    May God help us all to bring good out of evil and love out of hatred.


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