Mr. Perrin’s blog: “A Word in Your Ear”.
WAS it debate or rabble? I refer to the scenes in the House of Commons during questions to the Prime Minister. In my opinion, it was the day Parliament descended into Bedlam and some Members became “Bedlamites”.
The proceedings turned particularly toxic when several women MPs, mostly Labour, expressed their concerns that language used by some Members, especially the Prime Minister, was inflammatory, an incitement to violence and that they feared for their safety. Some even went so far as to say that language used by the Prime Minister and others was the cause for such violence and cited the murder of Jo Cox as an example.
It was the behaviour and language of the Labour women MPs that, in my opinion, is questionable and resulted in some bitter and emotive language. These women MPs lined up one after the other to attack Boris Johnson, finger jabbing, their faces contorted with rage, their voices raised to hysterical levels that was embarrassing, accusing him of trivialising their concerns about their safety and besmirching the memory of Jo Cox. All that was required to complete the scenes of bedlam was the strains of Berlioz’s music “The witches sabbath” from his “Symphony Fantastic*.
The question as too whether it was right to introduce the murder of Jo Cox into the proceedings is debatable. However, to elevate her status to “martyrdom and sainthood” and to use her murder as a political “stick” with which to beat Boris Johnson was cheap and without merit. I have no doubts that Jo Cox was an excellent backbench MP and was much liked and respected by her fellow MPs and constituents and that her murder was a vile act.
Concerning the language used by MP, and others, on both sides. I have no quarrel with the use of such words as surrender, capitulation, betrayal, treason, and traitors. By means of a referendum in 2016, MPs asked the people to decide whether the UK should remain in the EU, no ifs or buts, a simple yes or no and said they would abide by the decision. For more than three years Parliament has sought to frustrate the will of the majority, 52% to leave, 48% to remain, some MPs, such as the Liberal Democrats, going so far as to say they would revoke Article 50 and pretend the referendum never happened, talk about sticking your head in the sand.
It is the “Remain” MPs and their supporters who have betrayed the trust of the will of the people. By doing so, they are the ones who are responsible for the use of inflammatory language and the bitterness that divides the UK on the issue of the EU.
If the promise to abide by the decision of the 2016 referendum had been honoured by Parliament, I.e. we would leave the EU in March 2019, deal or no deal, and MPs had united to ensure an amicable departure, it is more than likely that instead of being a dis-United Kingdom we would once again be a United Kingdom.
The words according to The Oxford Universal Dictionary.
“Traitor – One who betrays any person that trusts him, or any duty entrusted to him.
“Betray – To be or prove false to a trust or him who trusts one;