The murder of Jo Cox was a tragic event and all my sympathy is with her husband and young children. She was a victim. The question we cannot ignore is of what or of whom was she a victim; this is what dominates the pronouncements of the clever and the ignorant, the erudite and the fools, the shrill Cassandras and the calm pragmatists.
The greatest fools such as Polly Toynbee and Oona King, shrill, hysterical and motivated solely in making as much political capital as they can from this poor woman's death, have already poisoned the news media. Mere emotional idiots such as Rod Liddle, who calls for the cancellation of next Thursday's poll, are small beer. The grieving husband blamed forces of evil. The Establishment of which Jo Cox was a part blames the 'far right', whom they also blame for having lost the trust and the votes of ordinary British people. The ace idiots, though, blame Brexit campaigners, as though we had spent the past few weeks inciting murder instead of leaving the EU. A very few blame the mental illness of the killer. No one has yet blamed the failure of the Reform Acts to implement all the points of the Charter, so I may be the first.
The exercise of British democracy is robust, open and forthright; on the hustings rowdiness and sturdy challenge allow tough examination of candidates, policies and proposals. And it works. Humans are not good at lying - and in front of a vocal crowd, the clear-voiced truth teller trumps the mealy mouthed liar at every turn. Hence Michael Gove's hands down and clear voiced triumph over a wriggling and oleaginous Cameron from their respective grillings. There are calls already that as such processes disadvantage liars, that Jo's murder should serve as an excuse to protect candidates from the public to the extent that nervous porky-tellers are never exposed to ridicule - ban the hustings, ban leafleting, ban town-centre paste tables and volunteers in T-shirts. Hide MPs in TV studios that exclude the public.
This would perfectly suit the old, dying Establishment parties that no longer have any actual members worth counting. Abolish both the need for the candidate to be physically present in the constituency and the need for any party members whatsoever once you ban the hustings and they can survive on the donations of the global corporates and under the management of slick PR companies. For one of the great triumphs of 'Leave' during this campaign are the numbers of feet on the ground, challenging an establishment bereft of popular support.
At a time when the British people are placing the media, the political class, the global corporates, the whole bien-pensant left-liberal wealthy elite and all their dags under unprecedented scrutiny, the greatest danger is not from silly and hysterical scribblers such as Polly Toynbee but from those who would coldly seek to abuse Jo's death to protect the establishment from due scrutiny. If you value her memory, don't let her name become a future byword for political and democratic repression and coercion. Let us instead 'Carry On' in that most valuable of British ways, and let her name stand for the triumph of our democracy.