16/06/2016 The Papers


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Let's look now at tomorrow's newspapers.


With me are Paul Johnson, the Deputy Editor of the Guardian,


and Tim Collins, a former Conservative MP and


Managing Director of Bell Pottinger Public Affairs.


Of course, there is only one story we will be talking about. The death


of Jo Cox is reflected on all the papers. We will show you throughout


our discussion. A very stark front page coming up. That tells us


exactly who Jo was. Proud to be a Yorkshire woman, a mother and


dedicated MP? This is a truly full story. It is almost as if it has


reverberated right the way through the nation. A lot of people sitting


at home tonight will somehow feel that they knew her. She was utterly


decent and committed. She was fair and open. She was obviously a


politician with a real conscience. The places she travelled to, lived


her life completely in the service of others whether it was in


international affairs or more recently as a West Yorkshire MP,


politicians from all parties had so many wonderful things to say about


her. They have. You talk about the places she went. She went to some of


the most dangerous places you would think in the world. Was near,


Darfur, Syria. She always came back home safely. But in her own home


High Street she was not able to be safe. As Paul says, it was


particularly tragic because she leaves behind two very young


children who will not see their mother again. It is terrible. She


believed in a better world and fought for it every day. She has


these small children who were often to be seen in portcullis house if


she was not going to be home in time to say good night to them. It is her


husband of those children you really think about. It is not only that she


had this marvellous life of public service. There are lots of people


who didn't know her, like me, but I almost feel like I did because of


the things which have been said about her. It's not just that that


wonderful life has been brought to an end, it is that these others,


particularly her husband and her children, will have their lives


totally transformed for the worse in a way which just seems unimaginable


and impossible to understand. I have been thinking all afternoon and


evening how wonderful it would've been to have known her because of


the tributes which have been paid to her. The statement from her husband


within an hour or so of dying, having put that picture on Twitter


which he only took yesterday, he has said we need to make sure the hatred


which killed her as the thing we battle against fun no-one. This is


now starting to be reflected. We have some comment in the papers.


There appears to be a bit of a change going on. There is a piece by


Michael Deacon on the front of the Telegraph which says public


discourse about politicians has turned ugly recently. He has said he


is sick of the poison which has been poured into the system. People


should stop thinking we are ruled by the cabal is of the greedy and


callous. It is a very powerful piece. But some of the people


pouring poison into the system are some politicians themselves. I


wonder whether this tragedy will change some of that. The referendum


campaign has been suspended for 24 hours. It would be quite a


remarkable thing if the town did change. It would be lovely.


Strategically it be in the interest for both campaigns to be positive.


Rather than knocking seven bells out of each other. Maybe after this


tragedy they will do that for that reason. Ball is right. The piece on


the front of the Telegraph, the whole thesis is saying that after


the MPs expenses scandal, we have decided to think of all members of


Parliament, right, left, senior, Junior, as corrupt and trying to


milk the system. And that really is not true. The vast majority of MPs


do the best service for the public they possibly can. And the story we


are hearing about Jo Cox me I hope encourage people to understand that


she coolly was an MP different from that. -- clearly. Polly Toynbee


talks about a chilling culture war breaking out, divide deeper than she


had ever known. A tweet from Robert Harris, the former political editor,


he talks about the referendum in terms of being depressing, divisive


and you pick -- to pick the tests -- Cupid litters. .


We know there have been tragedies in the past. We also know that for what


it is worth the early indications are that the person arrested appears


to have a history of mental illness. You simply cannot see that they are


attached to one cause another. It important to recognise this as a


charity, whether people agreed with or didn't agree with her, the


strength of British democracy is that constituents can go and see an


MP and mustn't lose that. We must I hope be more civilised in our public


discourse. I really hope neither campaign tries to take advantage of


this. We always think it is so much more difficult to get hold of a


weapon legally in the UK. That will raise questions. This thing is


puzzling. On makeshift gun, whatever that is. A knife was involved in 12.


There was a lot of reporting tonight about the individual who has been


arrested. He lived with his grandmother for many years. And odd


job man. None of these things sort of ad up in that sense. A lot of


attention on the words which are apparently shouted, Britain first.


Some reports are saying it was put Britain first. It adds a chilling


element to it. The far right political party of that name have


said the condemn what has happened and are not aware of the person who


was involved. Absolutely. The Guardian wrote an extremely good


editorial on the subject of the Orlando tragedy earlier this week,


pointed out that in that context we need to be calm and not judge groups


according to what individuals to. And I think that it is true for this


as well. The sun has used a picture that Brendan Cox treated of Jo when


he had heard that she had died, it was sometime before we had those


reports the hospital that she died at 2pm this afternoon, but it raises


questions about the safety of MPs. She was doing what MPs do all the


time. She had a surgery that would've been advertising the local


paper, so everyone locally would have known what was going on. Some


MPs operate on a system whereby you have to book appointment, others say


you can turn up randomly. He appears to have just been outside. I really


think it is important. One of the real strengths of the British


system, in America people represent ten times as many as they do here,


so you can't have that kind of relationship. Most of Europe had


different voting systems. QB have the ability for an MP to be part of


the community and I really hope you don't lose that. It's such a


precious part of how we are governed in this country. Especially for Jo,


who was


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