Monday, 20 June 2016

Parliament Jo Cox Debate misses the Real Point by a Country Mile.

Today Parliament was recalled to recognise the death of Jo Cox.

We saw scenes of Jo's sat in the Commons marked by two roses, and there was plenty of sycophantic hand-wringing at the loss of one of their own.

But the wearing of White Roses doesn't address the problem that caused Jo Cox's death.

Not the mealy-mouthed words of the Politicians espousing the reason for her death as hatred, a hate crime committed by someone on the far right. They miss the point by a mile, but that's typical of the Political class, thinking of things in purely political terms.

No, white roses don't address the fact that a person with clear mental health issues, was in the community unsupported.

Time and time again there have been attacks on the public by lone people with known mental health problems that are known to the authorities but nevertheless receive absolutely no support.

It has to stop.

Care in the community swapped secure institutions for a more human approach, with people transferring into the community. The idea that they would be supervised and supported as much as they were inside.

Instead, they were abandoned through ever increasing cuts to support. Of course the mentally ill have no concept of politics and are unlikely to mobilise and vote against such cuts, so they fall through the cracks as their support is withdrawn. They cannot mobilise the sort of representative lobbying that we see actually causes government to change direction.

The stories of right-wing affiliations decades ago are red herrings to distract from the fact that yet another nutter out in the community has murdered someone. He might have got involved with those links under the influence of someone else, but its clear the links aren't fresh. It's clear he was intelligent enough to make a gun from instructions, but had poor social skills. It's quite possible he is on the Autistc Spectrum.

I doubt Thomas Mair had any concept of of Jo Cox's political affiliations other that the venomous comments of "Them and us" from other people in the shops and the estate where he lived, the people at the bottom of the food chain, the people most affected by the influx of immigrants. The bile directed towards those immigrants by everyone around him and the snide comments of his peers at the scenes of his MP paying more attention to the plight of Syrian refugees rather than the people like him. That's more likely to have made him shout "Put British/Britons First" than anything related to the EU Referendum. Unless the local Labour party were making immigration THE issue locally and for that they have to answer.

I'm sure it made him angry, like the rest of us that he was disenfranchised, his representatives dismissing his needs. It wouldn't surprise me if he was coming under ever increasing pressure from the benefit system, being forced to do odd jobs around the estate like gardening to make ends meet.

To someone like that, it would appear entirely rational to lash out in a violent way at the people or person ignoring his plight.

The sad thing is that I understand and can sympathise with him. He won't be the last to lash out in such a way. Okay his lack of rationale may make him the first, but just how far do the rest of the underclass need to be pushed before even sane people start to think of doing the same thing.

So, those MPs wearing roses today need to think long and hard about their part in Jo Cox's death either directly or indirectly. Successive governments need to review their policy towards mental health support. The Left need to think about their high profile preference for promoting immigrants and immigration as a major issue. Jo Cox's beloved Labour party need to look at their referendum campaign and really need to start supporting the underclass more positively, instead of shrugging them off and leaving them to rot unsupported and unrepresented.

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