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As I begin this fantastic chapter of being a contributing writer and member of the AfroGlobal community, I began to wonder what would be a topic that would provide some kind of enthusiasm to the reader.

With that, it automatically brought about the notion of, should I write for myself? for the readers? for popularity? Or for educational context? and so much more which I am sure will be constantly on my mind to wrestle with myself, throughout this wonderful “journey.”

Nevertheless, in this article I would like to write something about the safeguarding of those that are elected by us to carryout duties on our behalf in government. This is purely because of recent horrific incidents that have transpired.

At this point, I decided to look up the definition of ‘politician’ and this is where it got even more interesting.

Just doing a basic web browser search for ‘politician’, I found two diverse (an accidental but very appropriate word play on too diverse) definitions running side by side from each source of its definition. One definition for politician is a person who is a member of a government, or law-making organisation.

The other contrary definition being a person primarily interested in political office, for selfish or other narrow and usually short-sighted reasons.

We all understand both definitions very well and some may locally or internationally have personal experience with the latter disparaging definition, but I certainly never thought that the profession of a politician has somehow officially become universally synonymous with deceit.

Deceit is regrettably what Ali Harbi Ali, the son of a Somali government official used on 15th October 2021 to end the life of an honourable and virtuous politician, Sir David Amess who many regarded as actively involved or skilled in politics and keenly engaged in conducting the business of government.

Despite the shortcomings that British politicians, politics or government(s) might have, we in Britain are very fortunate to live in a democracy where people have legal civic rights, protected under The Articles within the Human Rights Act 1998.

These human rights of life, expression, education etc. which are fought for by groups such as the Extinction Rebellion (XR), Black Lives Matter (BLM), Insulate Britain (IB) etc. might seem flippant to many people living in Britain, until they hear or read about foreign countries whereby people’s rights to education, protection of property, free elections etc. are not always accessible. This lack of freedom can create circumstances of deprivation, via mental and physical ill health and impunity, which thereafter leads to emigration and immigrants (both legal and illegal) into places like Britain.

For someone to casually walk into a MP’s surgery and heinously murder a politician, who was simply carrying out their civic duties, is totally abhorrent and underlines the wonderful right(s) we automatically enjoy in Britain.

Another word I looked up to define was terrorism. Terrorism is defined as the unlawful calculated use of violence, or threats, to intimidate or coerce a civilian population or government, to bring about creating a general climate of fear in the pursuit of furthering political, social, or ideological objectives.

I sincerely hope that safeguarding our Politicians is done in a way that does not compromise the honest interactions between MP’s and their constituents, because terrorism would unfortunately win to the detriment of democracy.

By Kaz Theuri

www.theuri.co.uk

 

Image credit: Rampfesthudson.com

 

 

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