I am surprised almost shocked with the subsequent reaction to the Brexit vote after the tragic murder of Jo Cox!
One would think that the polls after Jo’s death would show a sympathetic boost to the ‘Remain’ vote – but no, not all, have by any means expected reaction.
Which is as it should be – I honestly feel that whatever your leaning (‘to stay’ or ‘to go’) emotion should not come into the votes – decision should not be tied to just emotion.
Her death was tragic in so many ways – for her, for her husband and her small children, her extended family – but surely she would want an honest and personal vote, based on what is really wanted – not simply an emotional one.
Interesting that a London Based firm that gathers voter data and intelligence has revealed support from voters for Britain to ‘Remain’ has dropped to 32% from 40% (before Jo’s death). Not what many pundits calculated?
Other supposed surveys are claimed to have revealed that the possible ‘Remain’ vote has gone up – what the actual truth actually is happens to be a complete puzzle to me.
Okay The Times has come out in support of remaining whilst The Sun, The Spectator and The Telegraph all support leaving. Then again, to add to the confusion, the numbers of people saying that they “just don’t know” has increased.
When it comes down to it, all we can do I suppose is to make our own judgments despite continued pressure from people such as the PM.
I believe strongly that Jo Cox’s tragic death should not be linked to the referendum – easier said than done I know. Separating such events is not easy in practice – for some of us it will be just about impossible. Especially as some say it definitely was linked to Brexit, some say not at all.
I tend to think not, even more so when I read that a friend of the attacker said that the suspect did not feel all that strongly about the referendum. As I said before – I – amongst many – am feeling very confused.
As for EU Commissioners who say that she died fighting for European democracy – they should just keep quiet (a nice way of saying “shut up”). Allow her family to mourn, allow them privacy and do not use the tragic circumstances of her death to make political points.
I cannot help but add the thought that maybe if people who knew the suspect had spoken up about his mental condition more or offered a helping hand to him, would it have happened?
Mental health issues are a big big problem for society – can we do more to help them and therefore society in general?