When I was young, if a felon was imprisoned for a crime that included carrying or using a gun the other inmates would ostracize him for the duration of his internment. Such were the values in Society in the 1950’s.
It is true that whatever the group, be they criminals, politicians, students or club members, the atmosphere of that group is directly affected by the person or people running it. What a diametric change we have seen in Society’s values since I was a child growing up in South London.
Whilst I believe the majority of people who go into politics do so, like Jo Cox, to try and make change for the better, somehow these values get eroded as they make their way up the slippery pole to positions of power.
Maybe it is human fallibility that seduces them and that the original integrity that bought them into politics is subsumed by power. Nowhere is this more apparent today than in the abysmal conduct of our leadership, as we are bullied with lies and dubious statistics, designed to subvert the will of the people into blindly following the current political agenda of both sides.
So obvious is the lack of political integrity over the Referendum ‘debate’ that vast swathes of the electorate have switched off and many remain ignorant of what the real issues are about. That is a failing that can only be placed at the feet of those who run our country.
They are responsible for setting Society’s standards and the lack of respect they are showing to those who pay their wages can only come from a total lack of their own self-respect and self-worth.
Did it take the tragic death of a young woman, who was dedicated to improving the lot of her fellow man and woman, to call a halt to the verbal depravity we have been assaulted with? Will those responsible reflect upon this moment and question their current contribution to Society and the shallow values they are inputting from their places of high office.
Will they take the time to try and find and resurrect those early values, I’m sure they too held when they first came into office . . . care, concern and an overriding desire to improve the lot of the rest of us. There was a time when politicians held our trust and now perhaps it is time to look to their laurels and use this special moment to find ways and means to re-engage with the electorate and win back that trust.
The media are also accountable for what has happened, as they too shape our Society and its values. All I have seen in the last 24 hours is the usual frenzy of sensationalism, with attacks against the minority on Social Media who bring the majority into disrepute. From the BBC to Murdoch’s ‘redtops’, we need honest and robust reporting of the events that affect our lives and not the odious propaganda we are now constantly fed.
It would be a fitting tribute and memorial by all concerned if integrity were to reappear in these public arenas, instigated by a dedicated MP whose life was cut short. It would also be an insult of monumental proportions to that life if business continued as usual.
Have a thoughtful weekend my friends. Next week is a big week for all of us.
Until the next time.
Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes