There’s Something Creepy

That Jo Cox was murdered is a tragedy for her family and friends, and perhaps some of her constituents, but it’s not a tragedy for those who didn’t know her, nor is it a tragedy ‘for politics’ or in any way for the country. There is a tendency, in grief – especially when that grief is largely fake – to evict reason from the mind very quickly.

There is also a tendency for one person to want to ‘out do’ the other in their public demonstration of that grief, and we (sometimes) end up with a grotesque, public-blubbing freak-show: the sort that sniffed about in the gutter after Diana exited the society.

The situation shouldn’t be made more complicated than it is. A dedicated mother and wife was hideously murdered by a man who very likely will be found to have been motivated by madness not politics. He shot and stabbed this young woman to death in the street: sane people don’t do that.

(If people are to be killed, the sane and acceptable way is to kill them is using miltary hardware. This way, hundreds – if not thousands – can be killed in one go.)

There is a very creepy aspect to the public and political reaction to Jo Cox’s death: a death which even Hilary Clinton decided to comment on.

(I’m amazed Mrs Clinton didn’t claim to have known Jo Cox personally, and therefore felt her loss more sharply than most, and just as sharply as her husband must have felt it. The woman is an organic lie-machine.)

The creepy aspect is this. The coverage and reaction seem to be tied into a feedback-loop – where one informs the other, and suggests that politicians are a more important breed than the ordinary human.

Jo Cox has been described as ‘gifted’. I’m sorry, but I can take only so much. I’ve read that Gareth Bale is ‘gifted’ – and a if a word can mean different things when used across different examples, yet in the same context, then I doubt ‘gifted’  means anything at all.

‘Gifted’ presupposes the person was was given special abilities for a specific reason; it implies someone or something smiled on the gifted and bestowed these special abilities. To call Jo Cox ‘gifted’ is to deeply – very deeply – presuppose there was somewhat angelic and therefore ‘special’ about her which justifies the vigils, hastily arranged shrines, the candles and so on. This is not fancy on my part. The words we use reveal the thoughts we have. We do have unconscious minds with thoughts we are unaware of. (We know this is true because we all know we don’t hold everything we know consciously in our head at once.)

Politicians are never ‘gifted’ or ‘talented’. Most of them are disgusting opportunists who choose politics as a career path rather than a vocation. It seems as if Mrs Cox was motivated more by the issues than by career advancement, but this doesn’t make her more worthy of praise. That’s how politicians should be.

We’re so used to having gutter-sucking politicians in our public life, that when one isn’t, it’s news. We have things the wrong way about.

Shall we take bets on whether or not there will be flower-throwers rubber-necking the funeral?


2 thoughts on “There’s Something Creepy

  1. It’s bad manners to speak ill of the dead but when you look at the demonification of Thatcher by mainstream lefties you realise that when all is said and done, not only do live politicians have agendas, even when they’re worn out or passed on, they still serve to further political agendas. Willingly or not. Hence the hypocritical ‘we suspend campaigning’ means ‘only while we make this murder part of our narrative’.
    As a perspective this is one gun-related death. Go to the US – there are 11k to 12k gun homicides each year. The majority of these are young suicides. Young people with their lives ahead of them, tragically cut short. What’s their media attention. Most reporting ignores them. They’re not newsworthy. Something stinks when one dodgy MP is worth more than thousands of young lives.
    I haven’t met this woman and if I was forced to endure her company I doubt I would care for her opinions. I care little for politicians, I certainly wouldn’t sanctify them. Their causes – like this woman’s – are all too often ill thought out.
    On the matter of Gun Control, I refuse to ‘have a swipe’. That’s a matter for Americans.

  2. Thanks for your comment. You begin by saying ‘It’s bad manners to speak ill of the dead..’ First, I’m not sure it is, but more importantly, are you suggesting I’ve spoken ill of the departed, here? I’m unsure if that’s what you mean. if you do mean this, then I disagree – I’ve said nothing bad about the victim.

    I certainly agree with you when you say: ‘Hence the hypocritical ‘we suspend campaigning’ means ‘only while we make this murder part of our narrative’.

    Quite right. It’s that weird psychological thing where people mention that they won’t mention something, because they REALLY want to mention it. This is true.

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