I do not know if anyone compiles a global index of Hate, but if such a measure exists, my fear is that for a number of years now it has been steadily on the increase. Hate is insidious, cultivated by injudicious words from people who should know better and is thriving, not just in war torn districts of the world (where Jo brought hope where there only was fear), but across the western world, most recently in America and now here in Britain too. Hate has just claimed its latest victim, and just like the 49 in Orlando, this victim knew only Love. But Love is how we must combat this cancer eating at the fabric of our society.
It is impossible not to conclude that that this current referendum debate has poured petrol onto this already out of control fire, and it is hard to be unaware of the shear level and volume of vile invective spewed forth on social media. But there is something we can do. Wherever we encounter Hate we must challenge it; we must build an alliance across political, religious, ethnic and national divides in which we emphasize our values of decency, humility and humanity. We must remember that when those who hate us retaliate with insults and abuse or even violence, it is because they have lost the argument. Perhaps if there is one way we can truly commemorate Jo’s life, it is to build a global index of Love, and then we should set ourselves the target to ensure that this index only ever rises.
Broxbourne Labour Party