And how much of the blame should be attached to our Conservative Government and its constant stream of propaganda against people with long-term disabilities or illnesses?
According to the report in yesterday’s (Sunday) Metro, Keith Lowe was recorded saying he wanted to “do it because he’s f**k me off with the lies.” What lies? Was this a reference to claims that people with disabilities are ‘faking’ their conditions – put about by the Department for Work and Pensions with its unreasonable sanctions regime?
The report also says the two killers filmed the murder on their phone cameras because they wanted to show Mr Mason’s death to a “third party”. Why? “To show them what happened to Brendan” – in an intimidating way? Or to encourage this person into similar behaviour?
These attitudes are a sickness.
This Site has spent years reporting on the way they have been spread by the Tories. Now, it may be that such attitudes have taken root in the British public and are spreading freely.
It is a shame the report of the court case does not answer the questions I have asked here.
For context, though, here are a few facts, courtesy of The Canary:
“The lynching of Brendan Mason comes at a tough time for people living with a disability in the UK. Since 2007/8, there has been a 213% rise in hate crimes against disabled people, with figures jumping 40% a year for the last two years. These numbers include Lee Irving, a man with “the mind of an 8-year-old”. He was bullied and tortured over a number of days at a house in Newcastle in 2015. When he finally succumbed to his injuries, his tormentors dumped his body on a grass verge.
“And in 2016, when Daniel Smith – an autistic man – attempted to defend himself from a violent hate crime, he found himself charged with assault. Thankfully, he was later acquitted by the courts, who agreed he’d acted in self-defence.
“The rise in hate crimes coincided with the austerity programmes of the coalition and Conservative governments. The justification for disability-related benefit cuts and mass reassessment of claimants has involved suspicion and mistrust of disabled people.”
Make no mistake – Joshua Hack and Keith Lowe are murderers and will be imprisoned for their crime.
My question is: Should we be charging the Conservative government and its Department for Work and Pensions as accessories?
Two friends filmed themselves beating a man with learning difficulties to death, telling him ‘Smile for the camera’ as they killed him.
Joshua Hack, 21, and Keith Lowe, 22, lured ‘easily led’ Brendan Mason to a park, making him believe they wanted to spend time with him.
But when they arrived, they hung him from a tree, taking turns hitting him while the other held him for several hours, laughing and taunting him in the early hours of July 5 last year.
After he fell unconscious, they stripped him naked and threw his body in a pond, leaving him for dead in Abbey Park, Leicester.
Groundsmen found Mr Mason naked, unconscious and bleeding at 7.40am and he was airlifted to Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry.
Medics discovered he had 99 separate injuries to his head and body, including brain damage, five broken ribs and a collapsed lung, and he died later that day.
Join the Vox Political Facebook page.
If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!
Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
(but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:
Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.
The Livingstone Presumption is now available
in either print or eBook format here:
Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:
The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here: