The need for peace and unity

_90001663_jocoxmpapThe appalling murder of Jo Cox MP was in the news again last week following the trial and conviction of Thomas Mair. Inevitably the time that has passed has made it easier for people to speak about the loss of Mrs Cox in a reflective manner, considering her legacy in the minds of friends and colleagues. One of the themes on social media was that of building bridges and knocking down walls. Stephen Kinnock wrote “As we work to overcome the divisions of the past year, it is up to every one of us in public life to do all we can to heal the wounds that scar our nation and communities so that we can reunite and rebuild. As we work towards that goal, we must draw inspiration from Jo, her life and work” The same sort of comments have been made by people outside of politics, but perhaps because Jo was a Labour MP, Labour politicians have been most noticeable in their spoken and written tributes to their colleague and friend. That is as true down here in Sussex as it is in Yorkshire where Jo had her constituency. In Brighton and Hove, the lack of unity amongst the political parties is acute, both across the political spectrum and within individual parties. When divisions extend beyond differences of policy and become focused on tribal or personal identities they damage not just the parties but society at large. Our current Council is the fourth minority administration in succession and the Labour group seems to be in disarray. We need all parties to find ways of working together for the good of our City. A renewed focus on unity would be a fitting tribute to Jo Cox and would provide a vital boost to the well-being of our communities.


About ianchisnall

I have a passion to see public policy made accessible everyone who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as in policies on health services and strategic planning.
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