Good morning everyone.
One story dominates this weekend. I refer of course to the murder of Jo Cox, Labour MP for the Batley and Spen constituency in Yorkshire. She was first elected to Parliament as a new member only in May of last year.
A man has appeared in court and was remanded to appear at the Old Bailey on Monday. In the magistrates court, the man, Thomas Mair, gave his name as, "Death to traitors, freedom for Britain".
Whether or not Mair is mentally disturbed is not the issue. Divisions within our society, have created an environment of political hostility, which is both ugly and sinister and which will inevitably produce extremists like Mair.
22 June 1974 – 16 June 2016. The murder of MP Jo Cox, a fellow party member, is a shock to all, and is a reminder of the vulnerability of MP’s going about their daily work. Our thoughts are for her and with her family at this time.
Jo Cox. R I P
This issue of New Agenda on Sunday, is the last before that day in the year when the days begin to become shorter. The day when many people gather at Stonehenge, to mark the Summer solstice which is technically, when the tilt of Earth's axis is most inclined towards the sun. This year too, the solstice coincides with a "Strawberry Moon" for the first time since 1967. Not that the title has anything to do with the colour of the moon in the night sky. It is the name given by Native American tribes to the June full moon which they believed signalled the beginning of the strawberry picking season. What ever the title or the phase of the moon, the solstice also marks that day every year, which I regard as the start of the descent towards winter with the ice, cold, fog and darkness. I am not a winter person.
It seems that a grant of more than £16,000 from the Veolia Environmental Trust has been given to fund a project to further prevent the extinction of the ladybird spider, one of the UK’s rarest and endangered spiders. Personally, I have never seen one of these bright red body with black spots of the male spider and frankly nor do I wish to. I have more than enough trouble with those huge enormous eight leg monsters who frequent the bathroom seemingly every time that I go in there. You may have gathered that I am not a spider person either.
England have beaten Australia by 23 points to 7 and take a 2 nil lead in the 3 match series. The first time ever that England have won a rugby test series ever in Australia. Swing low Sweet Chariot !!
Weather wet and promising to get even wetter with high humidity. Never mind. It almost time for Wimbledon!
Have a nice week.