It is hard to write this without thinking of the terrible news from New Zealand.
A slaughter on such a scale puts this week’s Brexit shenanigans into perspective.
What has happened on the other side of the world should prompt some soul searching here.
At a time when Islamophobia and anti-semitism are on the rise our politicians should be careful of using language which could give succour to those seeking to spread hatred or worse.
The responsibility for an act of terrorism always lies with the terrorist.
But politicians have a duty to consider how their words and actions can shape attitudes.
The language they use and the actions they take – yes, Boris I am thinking of you – can encourage intolerance and resentment.
Amid the bleakness in Christchurch the response by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern shows there is a better way.
“It has no place in New Zealand. Many of those affected will be members of our migrant communities – New Zealand is their home – they are us,” she said.
“They are us.”
It would be good to hear more British politicians express such a sentiment.
This week’s events in Parliament have achieved little except to confirm that Brexit has had an anarchic effect on our politics.
In a few days we have seen a Prime Minister vote against her own amendment to rule out a no deal, the People’s Vote campaign call on MPs not to back an amendment for a second referendum and the chief whip abstain on his leader’s own vote.
The ultimate act of madness was the Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay urging MPs to back an extension only to subsequently vote against the measure.
Everything now hinges on whether the Prime Minister can win when she presents her plan for a third meaningful vote next week.
In the meantime it is worth taking a step back to remember how many promises have failed to be met.
We were promised this would be the easiest deal in history.
We were promised we would leave on March 29.
We were promised that we would leave with a trade deal by that date.
The fundamental issue of Brexit remains which has yet to be resolved: how do you have no hard border in Northern Ireland if you are outside a customs union?
Even if May’s withdrawal agreement is passed it simply kicks this crucial question into furthest part of the field of long grass.
9am – MPs consider Private Member’s bills in the Commons.
2pm (approx) – Labour MP Rupa Huq holds a debate on the funding of abandoned Thames Garden Bridge.
Damian Hinds to speak at Association of School and College Leaders’ conference.
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