You have witnessed and I have witnessed, the horror that hatred has done. Lives have been lost. Hearts have been broken. Our beleaguered, fragile planet has been tormented by those who would use the poison of hate to frighten us.
You will not succumb and I will not succumb, to the insidious epidemic of hate that causes havoc on a worldwide basis. You have seen the awful events in Orlando. You have seen the daily occurrences of the war-torn nations. Humanity fleeing in a desperate attempt to live a life of freedom, of compassion, of love. You will be aware of the murder of a member of the British Parliament, Jo Cox. A woman of peace who has left behind a husband, a son aged five, a daughter aged three, a mother, a father and a sister.
This has been a terribly sad time in the UK. I have reflected on the cold-blooded, callous murder of Jo Cox and ask the question, "why?"
Since her murder last Thursday afternoon, I have felt a sense of humanity at its finest. Those who have fought a ruthless battle during our European referendum campaign, have demonstrated that beyond the bitter politics, lies that loving sense that we must all be here for each other.
Britain weeps. The world weeps. In peaceful defiance, the world will embrace the ideals of love, not hate. Hatred will not win.