Losing faith in politicians

I thank Mrs Trevelyan for her warm tribute to Jo Cox, the murdered Labour MP. It is good to stand with our own MP on this, regardless of party and philosophical differences.

Saturday, 2nd July 2016, 08:00 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 19:58 pm

As someone who has been slightly involved in politics for over 60 years, I feel guilty about Jo’s death.

Many factors may have contributed to that murder but we, as a political class, undoubtedly bear some of the blame.

Over recent years many politicians have increasingly encouraged abuse, aggression, accusations without evidence, ducking of unpopular issues, distorting facts in order to mislead, and putting personal certainty and party short term advantage above wider long term interest.

As a result, and beyond the expenses scandal, many of the public lost respect for politicians as a group, then began to despise all politicians and finally, as Jo’s husband has said, some came to hate.

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Jo seems to have been a better sort of politician and, with others, could have been a stimulus for the changes which so many of us now hope will come. Some good from her death perhaps.

Peter Watts