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Respect for politicians of all hues

On 17 Jun 2016 at 3:19pm Thomas Jerome Newton wrote:
Given an MP has died doing simple constituency work, any chance people might ease off on the constant abuse of them on here, just for a little bit?

Too much to ask?
On 17 Jun 2016 at 3:40pm Ed Can Do wrote:
I think it is too much to ask actually. A lot of people, myself included, have a very negative view of the political classes these days but it's for a very good reason, namely that a lot of them are blatantly working in their own interests and not in the interests of those they claim to represent.

I would never criticise someone just because they go into politics but I reserve the right to criticise someone if they state a certain position and principles only to completely reverse those principles once they get given a ministorial role (Norman Baker) or when they state as 100% certainty that they won't cut spending on defence and the NHS in their manifesto then threaten to do both if they lose the referendum (George Osborne) or use their influence in the local council to secure property at a fraction of the market value for the weird cult they're a member of (Susan Murray).

Respect is earned, not given. I will be entirely supportive of and civil to any politician who is honest, works for the benefit of others and not themselves and sticks to their principles, even if I don't agree with those ideals. Crooks, liars and thieves though need to be called for their behaviour.

Yes, the death of Jo Cox was tragic but in itself it is no reason for us all to stop challenging politicians and all start doffing our caps when they walk past, especially those who have voted in favour of cuts to mental health funding which is where, I suspect the roots of this tragedy lie.
On 17 Jun 2016 at 3:47pm Ali wrote:
I agree with Ed Can Do; the greatest difficulty in this referendum is trying to find a politician you can believe is telling the truth.
On 17 Jun 2016 at 3:58pm Get in wrote:
how can you respect the rabel rousing of the in campaign when this happens,the proper out politicians followed Farages lead and I'm afraid this tragedy was always on the cards .you know who you are ,hang your thick heads in shame.
On 17 Jun 2016 at 4:23pm thinker wrote:
I agree wholeheartedly Ed Can Do. The dreadful irony inherent in this tragedy is that many of these rogue politicians are now cynically referencing Jo Cox's evident and multiple virtues. (In fact the constant mentioning of them shows how low the bar has in fact become). This dreadful murder is now holding a mirror to the many fault lines in the cultural, social, economic, moral and.
political life of the UK. That is has happened in these whipped up febrile times is also telling.
On 17 Jun 2016 at 11:12pm Clifford wrote:
Thomas Jerome Newton wrote: 'Given an MP has died doing simple constituency work, any chance people might ease off on the constant abuse of them on here, just for a little bit?'

No, Thomas Jerome Newton. The sight and sound of Parliamentary hacks using this sad death to try to raise their own credibility only confirms what contemptible and cynical creatures most of them are.

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