Friday, June 17, 2016
The Chancellor's speech on the murder of Jo Cox MP
I have been very critical of both sides in the EU referendum campaign, but yesterday both got it absolutely right: both were wise to suspend campaigning yesterday as a mark of respect to the murdered MP Jo Cox.
It is very important that we do not allow anger and rage at this tragic attack on democracy to define who we are and I believe that Jo Cox herself would have been one of the first to say that.
Two days ago the Chancellor and the Leave campaign were, purely in a rhetorical sense, knocking six bells out of one another. But yesterday at the Mansion House George Osborne made the excellent speech below, which came to my attention because it was circulated by a prominent Leave campaigner, who highly praised it. And I agree.
Sometimes we in Britain are at our best when dealing with the most painful and difficult situations. Let this be one of those times.