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Did YOU hear Nick Robinson peddling fake news about Jo Cox’s murderer on BBC radio?

Thomas Mair, murderer of Labour MP Jo Cox, is the man in the blue hat in this image – but Nick Robinson says there’s no evidence to connect him with the far-right wing organisation.

What does Nick Robinson think he’s playing at, and where’s the apology from the BBC?

It seems Mr Robinson told listeners to Radio 4’s Today programme that , although Jo Cox’s murderer, Thomas Mair,  shouted “Britain First” as he committed the crime, there was “no evidence” that he was connected with the organisation.

Oh really? I’ll hand you over to Devutopia on Twitter:

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No, BBC, Bernard Kenny was definitely a hero – NOT a ‘hero’, as you describe him

Bernard Kenny is pictured paying tribute to Jo Cox at a Batley Bulldogs rugby match.

Why has the BBC headlined an article about the death of Bernard Kenny, the man who tried to stop Thomas Mair from murdering Jo Cox, by calling him a ‘hero’?

The quotation marks around the word suggest that perhaps we should not think of him in that way, when we absolutely should.

Is the BBC suggesting that he was not a hero, because he did not succeed in preventing the murder?

If so, I disagree profoundly.

It is more heroic for someone to attempt a courageous act – such as protecting another person from assault with no less than two deadly weapons – in the knowledge that the odds are against them.

Sometimes heroes fail. Sometimes heroes fall.

But they are still heroes.

Don’t try to take that away from Mr Kenny, BBC.

And don’t try to pretend that the quotation marks are only there because it’s the way Yvette Cooper described him.

It’s the way we all should be describing him. And that includes the BBC.

The man who was awarded the George Medal for trying to stop the murder of MP Jo Cox has died, his family says.

Bernard Kenny was stabbed as he intervened when Thomas Mair attacked Mrs Cox in Birstall, West Yorkshire in 2016.

Mr Kenny’s son said the 79-year-old, who was honoured in June, had died on Monday morning.

Source: Jo Cox George Medal ‘hero’ Kenny dies – BBC News


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Is it better to ban the neo-Nazis, or to educate people on why they’re wrong?

Anarchists protest as police intervene in Liverpool to protect members of National Action [Image: Peter Byrne/PA].

I wonder if this will do any good, or simply drive these people and their genocidal beliefs underground.

It is in line with the new definition of anti-Semitism that the UK government has announced it is supporting, and that shows a certain amount of initiative to ensure that it is supported.

And it follows the conviction of Thomas Mair, the murderer of Jo Cox, with positive action.

But I would like to see the government introduce education on the reasons the opinions held by these groups are abhorrent.

You beat these people by proving them wrong, not by giving them the opportunity to make martyrs of themselves.

A neo-Nazi group that celebrated the murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox is to become the first far-right group to be proscribed as a terrorist organisation by the home secretary.

Support or membership of National Action, an antisemitic white supremacist group, will become a criminal offence under the Terrorism Act 2000, pending approval from parliament.

National Action has held demonstrations in UK cities with banners that say “Hitler was right”, and speakers have been filmed telling a small group of supporters about “the disease of international Jewry” and that “when the time comes they’ll be in the chambers”.

The group has also been filmed training supporters in hand-to-hand combat, and putting up posters across Liverpool and Newbury declaring them “white zones”. The slogan on its website is “Death to traitors, freedom for Britain,” which was the only statement given in court by Cox’s murderer, Thomas Mair.

Source: Neo-Nazi group National Action banned by UK home secretary | UK news | The Guardian

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Sad postscript to Jo Cox murder trial as ‘newspapers’ turn to racism to justify her murderer

[Image: Political Scrapbook.]

[Image: Political Scrapbook.]

Pathetic, isn’t it?

Thomas Mair killed Jo Cox in what her husband Brendan described as “an incompetent and self-defeating act of terrorism” and the Judge, Mr Justice Wilkie, said was “carried out to advance a political cause of violent white supremacism, associated with Nazism”.

But The Sun and The Mirror want you to believe it was because his mother married a black man, and the Daily Mail would rather blame the phantom threat of immigrants taking his home.

What utter drivel.

There is no evidence that Mair’s family history contributed to his crime.

There is no evidence that his landlord – the local council – wanted to evict him. In fact, under the terms of his tenancy, it seems this was impossible.

It seems all three periodicals have become apologists for terrorism.

The Mail‘s dubious stance was compounded by the fact that it buried its report of the court’s verdict on page 30 of that day’s edition of the paper – an act that drew justified attention from LBC radio’s James O’Brien.

Speaking on his show, he said: “The Daily Mail has chosen to put the murder by a neo-Nazi of a serving British MP – and by her own husband’s account, a mother who put her children ahead of anything career-wise – on page 30.

“I don’t really understand why. Unless a murder by a neo-Nazi is less offensive to the sensibilities of the editor of this newspaper than a murder by a radical Islamist.

“Surely any fully-functioning moral compass would be equally disgusted by both.

“For people to use terror and death to pursue a political or an ideological goal in a civilised, peaceful society, it doesn’t matter what colour the killer is, does it?

“Or what religion they are? Or what ludicrous, violent ideology they are trying to pump. The point is it is violent. It’s ideological. White supremacy, radical Islam, they are both equally vile, equally repugnant.

“And yet, if this woman had been murdered by a Muslim? Page 30? You think?”

The Public Order Act 1986 is still in effect, is it not?

According to that Act, “A person who uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or displays any written material which is threatening, abusive or insulting, is guilty of an offence if he intends thereby to stir up racial hatred or, having regard to all the circumstances, racial hatred is likely to be stirred up thereby.”

The articles discussed above were certainly likely to stir up racial hatred because of their abusive or insulting attitude towards people of colour and/or immigrants.

So when will the owners, editors and writers of these pieces be prosecuted?

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Terrorist Thomas Mair jailed for life for killing Jo Cox. Why did he do it?

Murderer and terrorist: Thomas Mair [Image: PA].

Murderer and terrorist: Thomas Mair [Image: PA].

This was a terrorist attack by a right-wing extremist – and just the first sign of a wave of aggression, around the world.

People like Thomas Mair saw the anti-immigration rhetoric that fuelled the vote to leave the European Union as an endorsement of racist, nationalist views.

And the proliferation of hate crimes suggests those views appear to be on the rise in the United States of America, after the election of Donald Trump as President, and in continental Europe.

People are committing these crimes because they think they can. They think that, somehow, atrocities against their fellow human being are now permissible – or at least that the authorities will turn a blind eye.

But what makes them believe their racism, homophobia, sexism, sectarianism, anti-Semitism or whatever is justified, anyway?

Have we, as a culture, failed to address these issues?

This Writer finds that hard to believe. I’ve been brought up in the same culture as everybody else and my compassion for another person has never been conditional on the colour of their skin or the compatibility of their religious beliefs.

Yet these crimes have happened and are continuing to happen. Thomas Mair murdered Jo Cox on the basis of a falsehood – for a lie.

Why?

I know many Vox Political readers have been waiting to air their opinions on this very subject; now is your chance.

What on Earth do you think has been motivating this?

Thomas Mair has been jailed for life after being found guilty of the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox.

The 53-year-old shot and stabbed to death the mother-of-two in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on 16 June, a week before the EU referendum vote.

Mair shouted “Britain First” in the attack, but the judge said the true “patriot” was Mrs Cox, not Mair.

Prosecutors said Mair was motivated by hate and his crimes were “nothing less than acts of terrorism”.

Mair was also found guilty of having a firearm with intent, causing grievous bodily harm with intent to 78-year-old Bernard Kenny, who tried to help the MP, and having an offensive weapon, namely a dagger.

Source: Jo Cox: Man jailed for ‘terrorist’ murder of MP – BBC News

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Jo Cox killed in ‘brutal, cowardly’ and politically motivated murder, trial hears | UK news | The Guardian

Flowers and tributes placed by a photo of Jo Cox in Parliament Square after she was killed [Image: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images].

Flowers and tributes placed by a photo of Jo Cox in Parliament Square after she was killed [Image: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images].


For information.

Comments are off; I won’t be offering any opinions on this until the case has concluded and none of you should try to provide any either.

The chances of anything said here prejudicing the case are small – but let’s not take a chance, eh?

The Labour MP Jo Cox was repeatedly shot and stabbed in a “brutal, cowardly” and politically motivated murder, the trial of the man accused of the killing was told on Monday.

Thomas Mair uttered the words “Britain first” and “keep Britain independent” as he carried out the attack, Richard Whittam QC, prosecuting, told the Old Bailey.

The killer struck as Cox went about her business in her Yorkshire constituency during the European referendum campaign, in which she had supported the campaign to remain in the EU.

Her final moments – in an assault described by the prosecution as “dynamic, fast-moving and shocking” – were captured by closed circuit television cameras. “It was a cowardly attack by a man armed with a firearm and a knife,” Whittam told the jury. “It was a premeditated murder for a political and/or ideological cause.”

Mair is charged with Cox’s murder ‪on 16 June‬, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an offence, possession of a dagger and and grievous bodily harm to a second victim, the passerby Bernard Carter Kenny.

The 53-year-old unemployed gardener declined to enter a plea when he appeared at the Old Bailey last month. As a consequence, not guilty pleas to all four charges were entered on his behalf.

The jury was told that Mair struck as Cox was on her way to a meeting with voters at the library in his home town, Birstall. The town lies within Batley and Spen, the West Yorkshire constituency to which she had been elected in the 2015 general election.

Source: Jo Cox killed in ‘brutal, cowardly’ and politically motivated murder, trial hears | UK news | The Guardian

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