And again …

...”During debate on a bill designed to force Mr Johnson to seek an extension to Brexit talks if he cannot get a deal, Conservative MP Sir Edward Leigh said: “The difficulty we face is that most laws are relatively easy of interpretation, because they prevent you doing something, rather than make you do something.

“They prevent you murdering your wife, they don’t make you love your wife.” …”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-commons-debate-parliament-speech-bercow-jo-cox-death-language-a9121281.html

And here it goes – intended consequences of inflammatory speech by PM

“Man ‘arrested trying to get into Labour MP Jess Phillips’ office in Birmingham’ ”

“MP Jess Phillips has said a man has been arrested after trying to get into her constituency office while reportedly shouting that she was a “fascist”.

Ms Phillips, who represents Birmingham Yardley, said her staff had to be locked in the office while the man allegedly tried to “smash the windows” and “kick the door”.

She told LBC Radio: “I’ve only just heard about it myself, but my staff had to be locked into my office while the man tried to smash the windows and kick the door, I believe.

“I don’t know what I can say because the man has been arrested. But he was shouting that I was a fascist, apparently.”

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/man-arrested-trying-to-get-into-labour-mp-jess-phillips-office-in-birmingham-a4247631.html

Daughter of Yvette Cooper MP talks about effect of incendiary language on MPs children

And just watch – this girl WILL get trolled.

“I rarely actually tweet, especially about politics – am more of the silent retweeter – but after the chilling scenes in Parliament last night I just don’t think I can stay quiet anymore. There’s a group of young people and children that need to be spoken for. (A thread.)

The language used by our Prime Minister – not a far-right populist or provocative journalist, but our Prime Minister – is just beyond words.

The fact that the head of our government is actually using language that helps incite violence toward MPs is so beyond dangerous I can’t even comprehend it in a modern society.

This isn’t funny any more. Whatever egotistical game Boris Johnson has been playing since he was at Eton, this isn’t entitled teenagers standing blindly by their positions in an attempt to one-up their friends anymore.

This of rising hatred is costing people their lives.

I was 17 when Jo Cox was murdered. I just rang my mum, who is Yvette Cooper, on my way home from school to complain about the usual things and I distinctly remember her interrupting me to say “An MP’s been shot.”

I can honestly say my perspective of the world completely changed that day. Before then, my mum’s job was something that kept her working later then bedtime when I was a kid, the source of embarrassing conversations at school, the reason we travelled to and fro between Yorkshire and London every week for the first two thirds of my life.

It was never something that could get her killed.
I am scared.

I am scared when I scroll through the replies to her tweets calling her a liar and a traitor.

I am scared when our house gets fitted with panic buttons, industrial-locking doors and explosive bags to catch the mail.

I am scared because on the 16th of June 2016, two children said goodbye to their mother before she left for her constituency to sit in surgeries and help people all day, and never saw her again. I am scared every single day that the same will happen to mine.

Because she is trying her best to help people. To make their lives better. Even if we disagree with our politicians, when was this something we actively wanted to hurt them for?
Of course Brexit is contentious. Of course people have strong opinions, opinions that will inevitably come into conflict when trying to work out how best to deliver an outcome that split our country in two.

But what we need now is a Prime Minister who can stand up and
say “Yes I want to deliver Brexit, but regardless of my position, this inflammatory and aggressive language needs to stop. We need to treat each other with humanity and respect.”

Boris Johnson, take a stand. It’s your job to unite the country.

Or you will be responsible for putting other people’s lives at risk.

Surely you can raise your head out of the sand enough to see that much?

This whole thing has gone too far. When people start getting hurt is the moment that we should step back and ask if any of this is even worth it. All the anger and the screaming and the taking sides. The traitors and the liars and the surrendering.

Why has this become a matter of life and death? Does someone have to die for us all to realise that we have gotten in far too deep and far too aggressively?

The thing is, someone already has died. Do we not have the decency and compassion to see that? Can we not all just treat each other like people again?

Because I’m terrified if we don’t that something awful is going to happen again. At this rate, that seems like the only thing that could stop us in our tracks. We need to change the way we act towards our MPs before it goes too far because if not I have no doubt it will.”

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1177202032823939072.html?fbclid=IwAR17e-2HOUa7HFFtMUmbXHB5PoiETiS_EmFQVRy7kKBP3bQJYtfnWbO4m4g

DevonLive or DevonUndead? Thank heaven for blogs!

There was a pro-EU demonstration in Exeter yesterday. Exeter’s MP spoke, Lib Dem MEP Caroline Voaden spoke, independent DCC Councillor Martin Shaw spoke as did, preumably others.

Was it a big turn out? Don’t know.
Were there many other speakers? Don’t know
Was it peaceful? Don’t know

Our local newspaper (website DevonLive) has no mention of it today. Owl found out information only by reading Councillor Shaw’s blog and the Devon for Europe Facebook page.

My plea at today’s Exeter protest against Johnson’s vandalism – where the Tories can be defeated (especially Exeter, Totnes, East Devon), we will need a single opposing candidate to make sure we win

It seems local news websites such as DevonLive have more advertising and more “filler” (stuff sent in from local social and voluntary groups) and less REAL news.

Thank heaven for other social media – including blogs!