To Sir (David Amess) with love
“Bond, James Bond”
A name known around the world. Synonymous with terms such as “stone-cold killer”, “eloquent dresser”, and “ladies’ man”.
The type of guy that most males age 40 and over wanted to be.
Over the past month, the latest movie in the James Bond series was released.
No Time To Die was originally due to be released in 2020 but because of the worldwide pandemic, all cinemas had been shut.
The Bond characters, played previously by Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan, have been known to be or are expected to be somewhat emotionally detached from the feelings of others — and they themselves showing no remorse for actions taken.
Then came along a change in actors and a subsequent change in the Bond character.
Daniel Craig has evolved the Bond character to incorporate all the usual traits of a British super spy, with a twist.
The past few 007 movies show that Mr Bond has developed deep feelings for others, inclusive of fellow spies, two special ladies, and a daughter that he recently met.
Essentially, one never expects that super spies actually have emotions or, should they have these emotions, that they not show them openly.
Likewise, in talking to elected representatives locally, from around the region and internationally, quite a few have expressed that persons seemed to believe that politicians are emotionally detached and/or immune from life’s daily challenges.
This is far from the truth.
In fact, to remain elected, one has to be in tune with the pulse of the community that one serves. Simply waving at constituents does not cut it
Most elected persons take the time to reach out to those that put their faith in them.
Politicians share the exact same concerns, worries and hopes of everyone who did or did not vote for them.
Tears are not lost on elected officials.
To Sir with love
A significant part of staying in touch with constituents involves meeting with them face-to-face. In Britain, MPs hold regular constituency clinics to have one-on-one conversations with those who have questions or concerns.
Last week, on Friday, October 15, as with all other weeks, the MP for Southend West in Essex, Sir David Amess, was holding a clinic at a church in his constituency.
As a veteran MP of nearly 40 years, he knew that those who voted for him needed to not just hear about him on the media but for him to hear their voices first-hand.
Unfortunately, this would be the last time that anyone heard his voice.
Sometime that day, a man walked into Sir David's constituency surgery and stabbed him multiple times. Despite efforts to save him, he passed away on the scene among the people he represented for nearly four decades.
On Monday, October 18, nearly 1,000 politicians of all stripes, sat in a church together to mourn the loss of their beloved brother.
You see, like James Bond, politicians — as tough as they are portrayed — do cry as well.
• Christopher Famous is the government MP for Devonshire East (Constituency 11). You can reach him on WhatsApp at 599-0901 or e-mail at email@example.com