The Capitalists extend their condolences to the family and friends of Jo Cox MP. We are democrats, and that means having it out in an entirely non-violent, non-aggressive manner. One of the Enlightenment innovations which England gave the world was a political system which was noisy but peaceful; adversarial with mutual respect. Let us not allow that to be undermined.
One of the things most frustrating about recent elections - including recent and upcoming referendums - has been the ludicrously simplistic choices we are forced to make.
Labour or Tory? Yes or No? In or Out? These decisions are hideously bald. Scots could not vote for their most-favoured option of Devo Max. We couldn't say "no thanks" to Ed Miliband's anti-capitalism without saying "yes please" to George Osborne's steady-as-she-goes.
This has been especially brought out in this current vote on the EU. Let's be honest here: the EU has brought some amazing things to our shores and to others. Open skies. A proper competition regime. The massive reduction in state aid. But at the same time not many would deny the undermining of democratic accountability, horrendous protectionism especially in food, and the appalling mishandling of the single currency and common border area. Yet we are asked to vote for or against both baby and bathwater. We cannot tell Parliament what we might like instead.
It is high time we introduced a bit more nuance into our political system. If we don't, we should expect voters to remain frustrated and feel powerless to change anything. We are forced to take least-worst positions, and we wonder why campaigns turn negative so early.
I don't have a simple answer. Maybe it involves PR and smaller parties. Maybe it involves greater local autonomy and tolerance of divergent approaches. Maybe we need to survey people's views more thoroughly between elections. I don't know.
All I know is that asking people silly questions begs silly answers.