I had planned this post to be the 3rd in a series of blogs aimed at airing my views on the EU and to encourage other voters especially the younger generation to get out and vote but that didn't pan out. I had planned to take apart each of Vote Leave's official positions and discuss the lies and vitriol that have been spread by certain people but after the tragedy of Jo Cox, I just couldn't do it.
I never had the privilege of knowing Jo in person but I will unashamedly say her death hit me hard, for she was one of us. She was the Labour Party, one of my generals to lead this nation forward, one of the soldiers on the front line fighting for what she believed in, giving it her all and eventually the one thing you should never have to give up in the fight for what is right, her life. I mourn her for I see myself in her. I have campaigned on the streets of Blackburn for a cause I believe so passionately for. I have been accosted, verbally abused and called a traitor for my ideas of how this great country of ours should face the future. I mourned for her so dearly as it could have easily been me or any of my fellow activists, which brought the harsh reality of how grim things have become.
In the days after Jo Cox was taken away from us I questioned my own future in the Labour party. Whether this struggle we face is worth it. Whether any cause no matter how great and noble, is worth dying for. I was ready to hang up my boots so to say yet I could not let the legacy of Jo to be, to concede to hate. I came to the realisation that I may not willingly lay down my life for this country but I could not live without serving her, not necessarily as a politician but somehow.
I believe that the United Kingdom is stronger remaining a member of the European Union. I could tell you to choose co-operation instead of hate, unity instead of division, to work together to solve our common problems and build a greater world for all but I won't. All I can ask of you my fellow citizens, is you ignore the rhetoric and lies you wish to hear and when you go into that booth to cast your democratic right, I implore you, nay, I beg of you to choose not for yourself alone but think of this entire nation and the generations that will come after you. As John F Kennedy once said, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." Vote Remain my fellow citizens.
I could hate those who took Jo away from this world but it would go against everything she stood for and believed in. I will not give them the satisfaction of knowing they broke me or drove me to their level. This fight with hate is far from over and I stand with the Labour Party in the vanguard. We will never forget you, Jo. We will keep the good fight going just the way you wanted it. #VoteRemain #LabourInForBritain