MP shot and stabbed

Not long after discussing in New Zealand threats against MPs and their need for protection, a British MP has been shot and stabbed to death.

NZ Herald: British Labour MP Jo Cox dies after being shot three times and repeatedly stabbed

A British Labour MP has died after she was shot three times and repeatedly stabbed in a shocking attack as she arrived at her constituency surgery.

Mother-of-two Jo Cox, 41, was rushed to hospital after a gunman opened fire on her in Birstall near Leeds.

Witnesses said the man was at the office before she arrived and shot her three times, once in the head, before stabbing her as she lay on the ground.

A 53-year-old – named locally as Tommy Mair – has been arrested by police and his house is currently being searched by police forensics experts.

This is horrible and shows the risks elected representatives can face.

There will no doubt be speculation about motives until all the facts become known.

Aamir Tahir, of The Dry Clean Centre, said the gunman was heard shouting: “Britain first.”

Britain First is the name of a far-Right group which said it was “not involved and would never encourage behaviour of this sort”.

A problem is that promoting extreme political views can encourage extreme nutters.

Ms Cox worked for Oxfam before she entered parliament as MP for Batley and Spen at the general election last year.

Her husband, Brendan, was a former adviser to Gordon Brown who has also been chief executive of Save the children.

Ms Cox worked closely with Mr Brown’s wife Sarah on efforts to prevent mothers and babies dying needlessly in pregnancy.

Since entering the Commons, she has made a name for herself by campaigning on Syria issues, including calling for the UK to enforce a no-fly zone.

In 2015 she abstained in a vote on whether we should join airstrikes.

It’s very sad and worrying that this has happened, especially in a democratic country like Britain.

27 Comments

  1. lurcher1948

     /  17th June 2016

    Very sad

  2. Nelly Smickers

     /  17th June 2016

    Just like this country, Britain has also become a free range asylum.

    A beautiful lady and mother taken by another nutter allowed to walk among us.

    Very sad indeed ❤ ❤ ❤

  3. Gezza

     /  17th June 2016

    The NRA will be smirking.

    • Brown

       /  17th June 2016

      I didn’t know the NRA gave a stuff about what happened in Britain and suspect this bloke didn’t have the handgun legally.

      Fortunately this is probably a real lone wolf nutter with a serious mental condition as opposed to what is usually touted as such. What annoys me is that the media are already frothing at the mouth about the alleged use of the term “Britain First” and ”right wing” to make it unduly political before it is known to be so.

      • Gezza

         /  17th June 2016

        They don’t. But high profile cases of anyone getting shot dead in a gun-free zone anywhere is just the sort of thing they & their supporters love. They’ve even being arguing against people on the US watch list being prevented from buying guns, so their meeting with Trump will be interesting, given that he’s reportedly now considering it.

      • “this is probably a real lone wolf nutter with a serious mental condition”

        Wishful thinking.

        62-year-old Kathleen Cooke told the paper: “I am really shocked. He walked past my house this morning and said hello like he always does… He is just a quiet bloke who keeps himself to himself.

        “He is very helpful and he helps local people with their gardens. There is one neighbour who is a bit frail and he keeps her garden tidy. He has helped me cut my hedge a couple of times.

        “He has lived here for 40 years and has never been in any trouble and has never caused any trouble. He sometimes used to shout at the local kids if they played too near his house but that is fairly normal.

        “I don’t think he belonged to any political party and I never heard him express any views about Europe or anything like that. To us, he was just Tommy, a local bloke we all knew

        http://tapnewswire.com/2016/06/alleged-killer-of-jo-cox-looks-like-a-patsy-who-has-nothing-to-do-with-it/

    • Gezza

       /  17th June 2016

      Thanks Pete. So Jo was a supporter of Sryrian refugees and a supporter of Britain remaining in the EU, among other things. It’s extremely sad.

      Gunman sounds like a loner but nobody could’ve expected this. You can never fully guard against a brooding nutter who nobody knows is going to turn homicidal.

      David Cameron’s comments were very appropriate.

    • Gezza

       /  17th June 2016

      “The man being held in connection with the death of MP Jo Cox has been named as Thomas Mair, who was described as a “loner” with a history of mental health problems who had previously subscribed to a far-right magazine.

      Mair, 52, who was arrested by armed officers shortly after the attack, had spoken about receiving “psychotherapy and medication”, and was described by his younger brother as having “a history of mental illness”.

      Despite being born in Kilmarnock, Scotland, a decade-old website posting identified Mair as a subscriber to S. A. Patriot, a South African magazine that was published by the pro-apartheid group, the White Rhino Club.

      The club describes the magazine’s editorial stance as being against “multi-cultural societies” and “expansionist Islam”.”
      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11658253

  4. Cui Bono?

    The media headline that a pro-remain MP was murdered by a pro-brexit extremist/nutcase was based on a lie, on the false report that a witness said that the killer called out “Britain First”.

    • Gezza

       /  17th June 2016

      Cui bono? Given that this dreadful killing has apparently been carried out by a mentally disturbed person who may also have had white supremacist views, that people who are anti-Brexit are anti-Brexit for many reasons, that people who are pro-Brexit are pro-Brexit for many reasons, and that this event will be unlikely to change their views on this issue, the only people who benefit from this tragedy from what I see are:

      (1) Tony Mair, who has achieved his objective and may get treatment
      (2) conspiracy theorists.

      What’s your alternative theory about cui bono?

      • The theory is that the event was planned in order to generate an emotional response for the upcoming vote on leaving the EU, that she was killed to generate anger towards the killer and what he was associated with.

        The problems with the MSM story are that it started with a lie and that Mair apparently has little if any motive to kill anyone and no history of anger issues.

        • Gezza

           /  17th June 2016

          Yeah, well one report I read said two people heard him say Britain first, but there were plenty of witnesses being interviewed by the police so no doubt they’ll get to the truth of that.

          As for the theory the event was planned in order to generate an emotional response against the upcoming vote on leaving the EU, when you think about what I said above, it doesn’t really fly, does it?

  5. Pete Kane

     /  17th June 2016

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/16/jo-cox-murder-how-democracys-darkest-day-in-decades-unfolded/
    You would have thought they might be kind enough to crop out the poor guy working with Mair. Has the look of a community working bee to me.

  6. Absolute tragedy.

  7. MIssy

     /  18th June 2016

    This is an absolute tragedy, but there are so many conflicting reports on what happened I think we will never know the truth of it, however what is known is the following:

    1. The gunman had a mental illness, and was apparently receiving treatment which was stopped after the last election (the second part there is just hearsay from some neighbours)
    2. Jo Cox had been getting threats for a while (3-4 months I think) and the police were about to increase her security – if the threats were coming from the man that killed her then this is not something that has come about suddenly as a result of the EU campaigning.
    3. The gun was apparently home made.
    4. The gunman yelling Britain first as he killed her is disputed by some, but one eyewitness says he heard him yell ‘put Britain first’ and not ‘Britain First’.
    5. The gunman did have subscriptions to some far right magazines.

    One of the most vile things about this is how some on the Remain side – an MP, an EU Commissioner and many activists – are blaming all those that support Brexit for this, and conflating wanting to leave the EU with being a right wing murdering extremist, hypocritically these are the same people that say Islam is not the same as ISIS and we shouldn’t blame all Muslims for the actions of one or two.

    What is also sad is seeing the misinformation being reported as truth, and as a result those on the left calling for the banning of Britain First and Nigel Farage from politics – some have even suggested the UKIP MP should lose his seat as a result – essentially taking the view that all people that may share his view should be suppressed.

    These people are very sadly politicising her murder and using it to tell people to vote to remain to honour her memory – from what I have read of Jo Cox, despite being pro remain, I don’t think she would want to have her murder used to subvert the democratic processes, and democracy – or to try to silence those that she did not agree with.

    It is a tragedy, but one NZ should learn from – we have an unusual amount of free access to our MP’s and extra security put on as a result of threats of violence should not be ridiculed, mocked, or denigrated – as I have seen by some in the NZ blogosphere / FB etc over the extra security given to Paula Bennett last week.

  8. jeeves

     /  18th June 2016

    amazingly, we have managed to write all these words about an extremist assassinating an elected representative without once using the word “terrorist””, yet we somehow managed to refer to Islam….
    do we in the west have double standards or what?

    • Missy

       /  18th June 2016

      Perhaps the reason the word terrorism hasn’t been used here (it has in other places – incorrectly) in relation to this event is because it is not terrorism.

      Terrorism is the calculated use of violence or threat of violence against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nations, this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear. (this is from the oxford dictionary).

      What this was is not part of a sustained campaign of violence for political or ideological gains, nor was it intended to instil fear. This was not an act of terrorism, no matter how much the lefties or islamist apologists would like it to be.

      If anything this was an assassination of an MP. My view is that it was partially motivated by politics, but not the EU referendum as many on the remain side are trying to suggest. This MP had been the target of a hate campaign for some time, possibly by the person who has subsequently murdered her. From what I have read (around the hysterical press trying to connect it to the referendum) I believe that this is much longer in coming and much deeper than something so superficial as not liking her stand on the EU.

      His alleged shouting of Britain first – or Put Britain first as some have suggested he said, can be taken in another way to the spin of the hysterical lefties. This was a man with mental issues who had seen his treatment cut due to austerity measures, from what I understand in the media coverage I have seen and heard today he blamed his MP for it as she was part of the ‘establishment’ that led to it, he didn’t differentiate between Government and Opposition MP’s, but also note she was a supporter of Syrian refugees and of more immigration, this could also have led him to believe his MP was not looking out for British people. An unstable man in an emotional state, with unknown Mental Health issues was pushed too far. I am not excusing him, but showing why this is not the terrorism some would like to label it.

      This man had googled, and purchased books, on how to make his own firearms, this was not a new or recent thing, this is something he had been planning for a while, and despite a bystander being injured, almost all accounts seem to indicate she was his target – hence assassination not terrorism.