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After a lovely day with community rail friends in Glossop, Dawn & I were shocked beyond measure to hear of the brutal & senseless murder of Jo Cox, the MP for Batley & Spen. We knew Jo. We met her at the founding meeting of the friends of Batley station just before she was elected as an MP. She was bright, friendly, committed & compassionate. She knew how to make things happen and she did it with both winning ways and good humour. It was obvious from that first meeting with her that she had a great political future ahead of her and that Batley (and politics in general) would benefit from her being in Westminster. Instead, she’s been killed in a senseless, politically motivated murder. I’ve written before about how the present political campaign has opened Pandora’s box & released a terribly poisonous mix of resentments. This is obviously part of that mix. I always thought the UK was better than this. Today, I’m really not so sure. All I can hope is that this tragedy makes some people stop and think about the direction this country may be heading. It’s time to reject the divisive folk & the philosophy that talks of its fellow citizens as traitors & accuses them of treason before it’s too late. These fools have just deprived both us and Batley of a compassionate and caring MP and her husband & children of a wife and mother. It’s not too late to step back from the abyss…