On Friday 15th October, the Tory MP for Southend West, Sir David Amess, was fatally stabbed while he was holding his weekly constituency surgery. It is still unclear what the motivation that drove the attack was and the police still have not confirmed the full name of perpetrator. However, various media sources have named the suspect to be Ali Harbi Ali, a 25-year-old British citizen with Somali heritage. Some sources have suggested that he had been previously known to the security services who had been reported through the Prevent programme. If correct, this leaves many unanswered questions.
With the investigation in its early stages and ongoing with much unclear, what is clear are the politics of the victim and the overlooking of this in the eulogies that have followed from all sides of the political Parliamentary system. While we don’t condone this act, we certainly do not mourn for this Tory MP. Such violent spontaneous actions are unproductive and result in reactionary measures from the state, with calls for removal of civil liberties and attacks directed towards the Muslim community, which the attacker came from. Priti Patel has immediately called for the removal of anonymity on social media platforms, this is in all probability unworkable but shows the mindset of this reactionary government to capitalise from this attack.
It must be made clear that David Amess was an MP representing the Tory party, along with their ideologically driven class warfare attacks on British workers and their families, and British imperialism overseas. He was a strong advocate for capital punishment, Brexit and its racist driven agenda, and was a Honorary Secretary of Conservative Friends of Israel; a racist state responsible for the dispossession and ongoing oppression of the Palestinians. He was a member of a party overseeing the austerity programme responsible for the premature deaths of 120,000 leaving 4 million children living in poverty, increasing homelessness and the deaths of rough sleepers on British streets, 160,000 dead from COVID malign neglect with its ‘herd immunity’ programme, and the demonisation of refugees with British indifference to the suffering and drownings taking place in the Mediterranean and the Channel.
Who sheds their tears for these victims?