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A good deed in a naughty world ... 
 

Roland Martin

June 21 · Issue #25 · View online
Headmaster - City of London Freemen's school; Chief Officer - City of London - '...write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing' Benjamin Franklin

A good deed in a naughty world … 

Divided we stand
Watching the coverage of the House of Commons today, united in celebration of Jo Cox MP’s humanity, we were struck at home, like so many will have been, by her own words from her maiden speech:  “While we celebrate our diversity, what surprises me time and time again … is that we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.”
That AA Gill piece
Not that easy to access as the original Times article is behind their paywall - an Ipswich Town website has obliged though - not only is Gill an entertaining food writer, he’s a convincing debater on this Brexit/Bremain matter too.
Forum | Assume everyone has seen that AA Gill article on Brexit? by Dubtractor | TWTD.co.uk
Refreshing to hear a different and more balanced voice in this important debate.
Dangerous nostalgia
‘False memory’ scientist, Julia Shaw argues that those who remember Britain pre-1973 are misremembering. 
As a scientist who researches false memories, I find talk of ‘the good old days’ before the EU very familiar | Voices | The Independent
Foreign affairs journalist of the year, Patrick Kingsley, whom I’m 
There are of course a large number of voters who will not have a memory of what those ‘good old days’ were like at all, so we have little with which to compare.
Migration Correspondence
Foreign affairs journalist of the year, Patrick Kingsley, whom I’m more than a little proud to have had sat in front of me in a classroom when I was his English teacher, is currently reporting from the Migration crisis.
The refugee children choosing between work and war – video | World news | The Guardian
It has of course been the United Nations’ World Refugee Day, so this short film is well-timed, coming as it does as we acknowledge that over half of the world’s refugees are children. It has been easy for the often inappropriate noise that we have heard in recent weeks to mask the personal stories of families and their plights. Whatever our thoughts on Britain’s future in Europe, I hope that we will all remain in a country that has compassion for the hardships that others face in life, as powerfully depicted in this visual montage.
World Refugee Day 2016: 60 powerful photos of desperate families trying to reach safety
Rhetoric has Consequences
Stephen Kinnock’s tribute to his friend of twenty years managed perfectly to sum up Jo Cox’s principled beliefs whilst attacking the cynicism which has fuelled much of the referendum campaign. 
Jo Cox remembered in Parliament tributes: 'Jo understood that rhetoric has consequences' | UK Politics | News | The Independent
Rhetoric indeed has consequences which is why it should be used always well and wisely. 
Sadly, there has been little focus on hope and potential during the referendum and I imagine that in the hangover of Friday morning, there will be an admission that neither side has covered itself with much glory. Whatever ‘glooming peace this morning with it brings’ it would be good to think that we can see more unity in the future both from within the Commons and without … and tomorrow, Jo Cox’s birthday, we can at least try to take some hope from her words and deeds.
#moreincommon
Jo Cox was an activist to the last – we have to continue her work | Kirsty McNeill | Opinion | The Guardian
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