“We must focus on the terrible murder of Jo Cox MP RIP. I have already written to my MP to express my condolences and you may wish to do the same. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jo Cox MP RIP, her husband and children, her family and friends, and all Parliamentarians.
We are a campaign and are engaged with the political process and politicians. Throughout my career in public relations I have argued my cases vigorously but not descended into personal jibes. This is the adult way to which we should all aspire if our freedom and democracy are to work.
As we have said on various occasions, John Whittingdale OBE MP is my MP. I have known him as an excellent constituency MP who holds weekly surgeries, attends numerous local events, supports community causes and efforts, and helps many constituents with problems and issues irrespective of their party political persuasions or none. Yes we don’t agree on everything and we can say so. Yes we have lobbied vigorously, and continue to do so for our vision of the BBC we want for the future. However, we have not resorted to personal attacks and have resisted all requests from others to do so.
Perhaps now is the time for everyone involved in the political process in the UK to reflect on how lucky we are and consider the responsibilities that come with our wonderful freedoms of speech and action. Have things become too rowdy and disrespectful? Should we argue strenuously for our principles and causes without descending to personal insults? Should our media play a more measured part in political reporting? We believe the BBC should play a leading part in this.”