Surely now, we are justified in callng the murder of Jo Cox MP an assassination.
Recent news has referred to mental health issues, and who knows, maybe other health issues and other social issues were factors.
But Thomas Mair is charged with murder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon.
He gave his name to court as given as “death to traitors, freedom for Britain”.
Yes, of course, innocent until proven guilty, and if it was manslaughter, then there’s a lot to learn.
But Nazis don’t accept our take on freedom.
A free society, “where the rights we enjoy reflect the duties we owe, and we live together in freely in a spirit of solidarity, wolerance and respect“; where those who govern are elected by all, irrespective of wealth or ability; knowing that those who get elected represent coalitions of voters and their values – political parties.
Jo Cox MP was killed almost certainly because she was this man’s MP, very probably because of her commitment to the parliamentary process, possibly because she was a Socialist and perhaps because she was an internationalist who spoke out on immigration and asylum seeking.
A Nazi, perhaps emboldened by the attitude to politicians encouraged by other interests.
A Nazi, perhaps emboldened by a media swift to suggest that politicians are liars and out to boost their credibility with “tough questions”.
A Nazi, perhaps emboldened by a social media where people use the licence to publish views, without taking responsibility, or facing accountability, for what they say.
A Nazi, perhaps emboldened by campaigns that invite us to be frightened of the “other”, the foreigner, the immigrant, the asylum seeker, the Muslim.
Nottingham holds a vigil for Jo Cox MP tonight at the Forest Recreation Ground at 7pm.
A separate vigil for the victims of the attack on the Orlando LGBT community takes place at Speakers Corner at 8pm.