Bri­tish politics is at an all time low

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews -

Over the last few weeks, what we have wit­nessed could not ex­actly be de­scribed as the finest mo­ments in Bri­tish politics.

The brutal mur­der of Jo Cox MP was – and still is – truly shock­ing.

My heart is still break­ing for two young chil­dren left with­out a mother, who was sav­agely cut down dur­ing her pub­lic ser­vice.

When you are elected, there is a real ne­ces­sity to be open and ac­ces­si­ble to con­stituents – oth­er­wise you be­come out of touch with the real is­sues and hard­ships peo­ple face.

Like Jo did, I hold a num­ber of reg­u­lar monthly surg­eries, at which any con­stituent is free to drop-in to seek help and ad­vice.

The at­tack on Jo was an at­tack on all of us – it was an at­tack on our very democ­racy.

My surg­eries will re­main open to all.

I will hon­our Jo’s mem­ory by not giv­ing into hate.

I will how­ever, be tak­ing stock of my per­sonal safety, and that of my staff, and have al­ready put mea­sures in place to en­hance se­cu­rity mea­sures.

It is truly sad that in a ma­ture democ­racy I need to think in such terms, but re­gret­tably there ex­ists quite a nasty po­lit­i­cal cli­mate in the wake of the EU ref­er­en­dum.

Thank­fully in Scot­land, dis­course has been more pleas­ant than some of what we’re wit­ness­ing south of the bor­der.

The re­ported rise in xeno­pho­bic and racist at­tacks since last Thurs­day is a cause of great worry.

It is right that David Cameron ad­dressed this mat­ter di­rectly in par­lia­ment on Mon­day.

These at­tacks on mi­nori­ties have no place in so­ci­ety, and it is up to all of us to loudly, and vo­cally, op­pose them.

Scot­land is a modern, out­ward-look­ing and in­clu­sive coun­try, and First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon has made it clear that the EU cit­i­zens, and other mi­grants, liv­ing here are val­ued mem­bers of our so­ci­ety.

Un­for­tu­nately, how­ever, im­mi­gra­tion is still re­served to West­min­ster.

The prime min­is­ter did lit­tle to re­as­sure EU cit­i­zens in his Mon­day state­ment – only say­ing that they have noth­ing to fear in the im­me­di­ate fu­ture.

That will be of lit­tle com­fort to those who have cho­sen to live here and con­trib­ute to our so­ci­ety.

The UK Gov­ern­ment need to ur­gently ad­dress this – and put minds at rest.

New Scots who have set­tled here – and per­haps bought houses, or whose chil­dren at­tend school here – de­serve to have their long-term fu­ture guar­an­teed.

In Scot­land, the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple voted to re­main in the Euro­pean Union, and it would now be a demo­cratic out­rage if we were forced out of the EU against our will.

I have ev­ery faith in our first min­is­ter to do all in her power to en­sure our con­tin­ued mem­ber­ship of the EU. I hope to see all other po­lit­i­cal lead­ers in Scot­land rally be­hind her.

Af­ter all, with a to­tal lead­er­ship vac­uum at West­min­ster, Ni­cola Stur­geon is the only party leader who ap­pears to know what she is do­ing.

Scot­land is a modern, out­ward-look­ing and in­clu­sive coun­try

Shock David Cameron quit as prime min­is­ter in the af­ter­math of the EU ref­er­en­dum which has shook the po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment to the core

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