The killing of Jo Cox, MP

Our intention today was to summarise our arguments, arguments very much  from the left of politics, for Brexit. We know from correspondence that many of our readers, people who in general share our views on the European Union, are hesitating about how to vote in next Thursday’s referendum. We wanted to share our conclusion with them, which is that, despite the hijacking of the Brexit campaign by xenophobes, racists and other lowly forms of life, we maintain our decision to recommend a vote to leave the EU. The killing of Jo Cox, MP, has not changed that, but it has changed a great many other things. Our position is outlined in our editorial, The Conundrum of Brexit, and we stand by it, even if with a heavier heart than was already the case in the face of the parody of democratic politics that the referendum in Britain has become.
We did not know Ms Cox, a woman who was elected to Parliament only last year. She seems to have been a conscientious MP and one whose opinions overlapped with our own on many issues. Her views on the European Union were clearly at odds with those of Spectrezine. Now we will never have the opportunity to debate that matter with her, to try to change those views or have her try to change ours. This is a minor matter amidst the overall horror, but one nevertheless to be deeply regretted. Her killer seems, from the nature of the attack, to have been deranged. As we write, nothing much has been said about him. Whether individually deranged or not, he clearly suffered from the social psychosis which leads people to join – and cry out – Britain First, and leads the much larger and apparently more respectable UKIP to publish xenophobic propaganda of the kind that has made the Brexit campaign so farcical.
It’s likely no coincidence that the killer’s chosen victim was a woman, as misogyny is a further essential element of the far right mentality. She was the first, and principal, victim of this act of violence, but the ripples of any such crime spread out to touch, eventually, all of us. Her two young children will now grow up with no mother, and will have to be told why they have no mother. Their understanding of that will evolve as they mature. Let us hope that it motivates them not to reflect and reproduce the killer’s hatred, but to work, as their mother did, for a better world, one in which people can settle their political differences without resort to violence, one without racism and xenophobia, one in which Britain First and UKIP can find no support and have no place.