Monday, 10 April 2017

Keith Palmer And Jo Cox: Are We Going Too Far?

It's nice to see Britain paying tribute to murdered Westminster policeman Keith Palmer. But, aren't we going a little over-the-top with our emotions? Coming on the heels of calls for the man who tried to save Jo Cox to be awarded the Victoria Cross, I rather think we are. Additionally, fans of Ms Cox are saying that they want to hold thousands of street parties this summer to mark the anniversary of her death. What makes this even more ridiculous is that MPs have to fight to get ONE street party in London to honour the Queen's 65 years on the throne. Does this mean, then, that a Syria-loving politician is considered more important than a monarch? 

Cast your minds back to PC Yvonne Fletcher, and Sharon Bokowsky, who lived in my neck of the woods. These ladies were horribly murdered, but they were not given the privilege of lying in state in an environment previously awarded only to a British prime minister. Neither are other policemen and women who have died in the line of duty, not to mention the hundreds of British servicemen and women. They deserve to be honoured, certainly, but with some kind of memorial, not with all the pomp and circumstance afforded royalty and major political figures.

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