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The recent murder of Jo Cox and the divisions that the Brexiters and the Remainers are creating are bringing about a nastiness I didn't think was possible in our society and it's making me very sad.
Last night I cried, a proper, long cry. There wasn’t something that had happened in that moment to set me off, it was the culmination of some real sadness that had been building.
I’m not afraid of getting involved in a tough fight, I enjoy confrontation and tackling the hard stuff and I’m not known for my emotional outpouring. My usual resolve comes from a solid internal belief in the fact that the greater good always shines through, that good people do outnumber the bad, and that humans are ultimately united by their similarities.
The EU referendum has brought out the worst side of many people
The world at large has always framed my outlook. The adventure involved in travel, meeting new people, understanding new cultures, always returning home to be very proud that the UK was the most tolerant, liberal and beautiful country, full of amazing people.
There is no doubt that the murder of Jo Cox has upset me deeply. It’s weird because I didn’t even know she existed, I really wish I had as she seemed like the ray of sunshine British politics is in desperate need of today.
The EU referendum has brought out the worst side of many people. All the politicians involved need to take responsibility for the hatred and division they are creating in pursuit of “winning” and a “position of power”. I challenge every day how any of this can be for the good of us, or our country.
I am embarrassed when I talk about what is happening in British politics right now and it feels like that tolerant, liberal and beautiful country full of amazing people is increasingly tainted by hate and division.
Jeremy Corbyn has said we need kinder and gentler politics
I’ve been told it’s my own fault, I do like to get involved, I ask people what they think and I read a lot of news. My good friend in Spain advised me to stop listening to and reading the news and only hang around with people who make me feel good! It’s definitely an option that feels favourable right now.
From what I have read about Jo Cox, her advice would be to take action, do something good, encourage others to do something good. As part of his tribute to Jo, Jeremy Corbyn has said we need kinder and gentler politics. Regardless or your political persuasion, surely you have to agree that it’s time for this. It would be a fitting legacy for the amazing woman I wish I had met.