Modern British politics, in general, can be summed up by one adjective: Stupid. And it grows stupider and more childish every day. But for the most part, there is little violence. As long as I have been alive, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a serving politician being murdered.

That was shattered today. I’m not going to relive the details of the incident – they are plentifully available online – but in summary, Labour MP Jo Cox was attacked and murdered by a scumbag screaming “Britain First”.

Nobody. Nobody should have to die because of their political ideals. No matter how different we are, no matter how far apart we are, I expect debate, discussion, compromise, resolution. The hallmarks of civilisation.

Not the return to bludgeoning and bombing, stabbing and shooting. This was disposed of a multitude of decades ago. There is no need, absolutely NO need, for violence.┬áThe end result of today’s tragedy? Children lost their mother. A husband lost his partner. People lost their representative. Democracy took a hit.

Stand up, people. Wherever you encounter hatred masquerading as politics, you stand up to it. Put down ignorance with knowledge and fact, show them that we’re all ultimately humans within. Let them know the pain that they are causing. Show them the pain that they have already caused.

It’s been a hard year… Let’s hope we learn our lessons, and learn them well.

M.