They are our representatives. They should call question to injustices. They are our moral voice in the world. Sadly, what the response to Boris's comments reveal, is that our voice will continue to be hushed when it is deemed unhelpful.
For over two years now, European policymakers have struggled to provide a coherent response to the convulsion of violence that has befallen Syria. As with Libya in 2011, much of the debate has centred on the question of what role European states should play in protecting vulnerable civilians beyond our borders.
The problem with 'Kony 2012' is multifaceted and many have been talking about the campaign's finances in the last few days. The campaign is run by a shady group known as 'Invisible Children'. The group has released several films on Kony, but it is the latest one which has brought the group into the mainstream.