THE tragic death of MP Jo Cox reflects a turning point in politics.
We don’t live in a country where politicians are murdered because of their beliefs. Cox’s murder sent shock waves through parliament and beyond. She reached out to ordinary people and campaigned passionately for the rights of refugees, those targeted by hate crimes and racists, and those whose lives were blighted by war.
Her husband Brendan said she was targeted because of her strong beliefs, and commentators have hit out at politicians for using divisive language in the EU referendum debate, fuelling hate towards certain groups in society.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has defend- ed his Brexit poster which he tweeted hours before her death, showing a long queue of refugees on the move. Its headline read ‘Breaking Point’. Setting communities against each other is the antithesis of what Cox stood for, tirelessly working to make the world a more fair and equal place.
She believed people were far more united than divided as she outlined in her maiden speech in parliament. Her husband asked for people to unite to fight against the hatred that killed her, which sums up the way Cox lived her life. The #moreincommon events being held this week in her honour on what would have been her 42nd birth- day will be a fitting tribute to her and for what she believed in.