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British Member Of Parliament Jo Cox Assassinated

January 7, 2020


THIS MORNING, BRITISH
POLITICIAN JO COX WAS ATTACKED AND KILLED BY WHAT APPEARS AT
THIS POINT TO HAVE BEEN A BRITISH NATIONALIST — EARLIER IN THE DAY I HAD SEEN
THE FIREARM DESCRIBED AS MADE BY HIMSELF, I DON’T KNOW IF
THAT WAS THE CASE BUT THAT IS WHAT EARLY REPORTS SAID. WE HAVE SOME NEWS FROM THE UK
DETAILING WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE ATTACK. JUST BEFORE 1 O’CLOCK TODAY,
JO COX, MP, WAS ATTACKED IN MARKET STREET. I AM NOW VERY SAD
TO HAVE TO REPORT THAT SHE HAS DIED AS A RESULT OF HER
INJURIES. JO WAS ATTACKED BY A MAN WHO
INFLICTED SERIOUS AND ULTIMATELY FATAL INJURIES. SUBSEQUENTLY
THERE WAS A FURTHER ATTACK ON A 77-YEAR-OLD MAN NEARBY, WHO HAS
SUSTAINED INJURIES THAT ARE NON-LIFE-THREATENING. SHORTLY
AFTERWARDS A MAN WAS ARRESTED NEARBY BY LOCAL UNIFORMED POLICE
OFFICERS. WEAPONS INCLUDING A FIREARM HAVE ALSO BEEN
RECOVERED. AT 1:48 PM, JO COX WAS
PRONOUNCED DECEASED BY A DOCTOR WORKING WITH A PARAMEDIC
CREW THAT WERE ATTENDING TO HER SERIOUS INJURIES. THIS
WAS — IMPORTANTLY AS PART OF THE
CONTEXT OF WHY THIS MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED — SHE WAS OF THE LABOUR PARTY,
ONE OF THE MORE FAR RIGHT PARTIES WHO IS IN FAVOR OF THE
UK — SHE IS OF THE LABOUR PARTY, ONE OF THE ONES ON THE
FAR RIGHT, WHO IS FOR BRITISH SEPARATION FROM THE EU, SAYS
THEY HAD NO KNOWLEDGE OF THIS, THEY WOULD NEVER ADVOCATE
FOR THEIR PEOPLE TO DO THIS. AND ALSO BECAUSE IRONICALLY
THE NAME OF THAT PARTY IS BRITAIN FIRST, SO AT LEAST WITH
THE REPORT THERE FROM THE SHOP OWNER, THAT REPORTED HE WAS
SCREAMING PUT BRITAIN FIRST, YOU WOULD MAKE THAT
CONNECTION OBVIOUSLY. MAYBE THIS IS SOMETHING
MOTIVATED BY THAT PARTY IF THEY ARE YELLING SOMETHING THAT
INCLUDES THEIR NAME. IT IS ENTIRELY POSSIBLE THAT
ONCE THEY DO AN INVESTIGATION OF THE MAN’S HOME THERE MIGHT BE
SOME KIND OF INFORMATION ABOUT HIS MOTIVATION, TYPICALLY IN
THESE POLITICAL MOTIVATED ATTACKS THEY RECOVER SOMETHING
INDICATING WHERE THEIR LOYALTIES MIGHT HAVE LIED IN TERMS OF
IDEOLOGY. THAT WE’VE TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT IN THE CONTEXT
LEADING UP TO THE NEXT, THE BREXIT QUESTION, THE BOAT IS A
WEEK AWAY. WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT ALL THIS? I THINK THE FIRST THING TO SAY
IS, HOW PROFOUNDLY SHOCKING IT IS. THIS TYPE OF THING JUST
DOESN’T HAPPEN IN THE UK, NOT TO SAY THAT IT HAPPENS ANYWHERE,
BUT FOR SOMEONE TO BE GUNNED DOWN IN THE STREET LIKE THAT,
KNIFED OR GUNNED DOWN IN THE STREET LIKE THAT, SITTING MEMBER
OF PARLIAMENT, A 41-YEAR-OLD WOMAN, IS SHOCKING. THAT IS THE
OVERRIDING SENTIMENT IN THE UK AT THE MOMENT, I’M SURE IT IS
PERMEATING THROUGH EUROPE. OBVIOUSLY WE DON’T HAVE A
CULTURE OR SOCIETY OF GUN OWNERSHIP, SO THAT WILL BE
BROUGHT INTO QUESTION. IT IS NOT CLEAR WHETHER IT WAS A GUN HE
FASHIONED HIMSELF OR WHETHER IT WAS A GUN — I READ SOME OTHER
REPORT THAT IT WAS AN OLD, HERITAGE TYPE PISTOL OR GUN THAT
HE HAD. I WAS READING EXTREMELY —
BIKE, AS IT WAS HAPPENING INFORMATION. ALMOST CERTAIN TO
BE INACCURACIES. THE SPECULATION THAT HE WAS
SHOUTING BRITAIN FIRST, THAT IS HIGHLY WORRISOME AND
TROUBLESOME. CLEARLY THIS INDIVIDUAL HAS ALSO BE MENTALLY
UNSTABLE, ONE OF THE REPORTS WAS HE SUFFERED FROM OCD. THAT IN
AND OF ITSELF DOESN’T DRIVE YOU TO COMMIT AN ACT LIKE THIS. IF
HE IS SHOUTING BRITAIN FIRST THEN YOU GO DOWN A TROUBLING
PATH, AND UNFORTUNATELY IT IS A PATH THAT A LOT OF EUROPE IS
GOING DOWN AND AMERICA IS GOING DOWN, WE SEE IT WITH THE CURRENT
ELECTION CYCLE, I WON’T START THAT CONVERSATION YET — BRITAIN
FIRST IS A FAR RIGHT PARTY, THEY HAD A CANDIDATE FOR THE MAYOR OF
LONDON, THEIR CANDIDATE FAMOUSLY TURNED HIS BACK WHEN SADIQ KHAN
WAS ANNOUNCED AS THE WINNER, A MUSLIM MAYOR, AS THE WINNER OF
THE MAYORSHIP, AND IT IS AN INDICATION, THIS INSIDIOUS,
CREEPING, RACIST, XENOPHOBIC, PACKAGED AS PUTTING WRITTEN
FIRST, PACKAGED AS PATRIOTISM, BUT IT IS A DARK, NASTY PATH TO
GO DOWN, AND WHEN WE COME BACK TO THIS BREXIT DEBATE, THEY
SUSPENDED CAMPAIGNING TODAY, WHICH GIVES YOU AN INDICATION,
NOT TO SOUND TRITE, BUT THE GRAVITAS OF WHICH PEOPLE ARE
VIEWING THE SITUATION. BUT IT HAS STARTED TO BRING OUT THE
WORST IN PEOPLE, AND YOU HAVE SEEN NIGEL FERRAGE, WHO I’M SURE
YOU KNOW ABOUT, HE IS THE LEADER OF THE UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY WHO
HAS BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE LEAVE CAMPAIGN AND MAKING SOME
UNSUBSTANTIATED CLAIMS ABOUT MIGRANTS, THERE WAS A POSTER I
SAW OF HIM STANDING IN FRONT OF THIS POSTER POINTING AT A LINE
OF ETHNIC — PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT ETHNIC BACK GROUND SAY
WE HAVE TO STOP THIS. IT IS THAT FEAR, IMMIGRANTS ARE COMING TO
TAKE OUR JOBS, COMING TO ISLAMIZE — AND TO BRING TERROR.
EVERY KIND OF SENTIMENT YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT THEY ARE PACKAGING,
BUT THEY ARE PACKAGING IT QUITE ADROITLY INSOFAR AS THEY ARE
SAYING, THIS IS PART AND PARCEL OF BEING EUROPE, AND
EUROPE DOES NOT HAVE BRITAIN’S INTERESTS, WE NEED
TO PUT BRITAIN FIRST. THAT IS HOW THEY MAKE THE LINK. WHAT IS THE CATALYST FOR THIS?
IN OUR COUNTRY THERE ARE PARALLELS, DONALD TRUMP, THE
FRINGE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, THEY ARE AFRAID OF MEXICANS AND
MUSLIMS, ALL THESE THINGS THEY KEEP SAYING. BUT NEWS SOURCES DO
THINGS LIKE THAT HERE, THAT THEY OFF-THE-WALL THINGS AND GET
GENERAL RACISM BOILING. I GUESS FROM A GOOD AMERICAN POINT OF
VIEW, WE THINK THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN AS MUCH IN OTHER PLACES,
WE SEE IT CHANGING OVER HERE, THEY DON’T DO THINGS THE WAY WE
DO IT HERE EVEN THOUGH WE LIKE TO GO USA, USA, WE ARE THE BEST,
THERE IS STILL A FILE THAT WE DO THINGS A DIFFERENT WAY AND THEY
STILL DON’T GO CRAZY LIKE THAT BANK IT SOUNDS WAY TOO EXACT AS
TO WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE. IT SEEMS LIKE THAT IS
GENERALLY TRUE AT LEAST IN THE UK, THE CONSERVATIVES ARE
CONSERVATIVE BUT NOT THAT CONSERVATIVE COMPARED TO
TRADITIONALLY REPUBLICANS HERE, AND THEY DON’T USE THE SAME SORT
OF CONSTANTLY SPINNING TACTICS ELECTION AFTER ELECTION. BRITAIN
FIRST IS ONE THING, THEY ARE NOT THE SAME, AND EVEN THOSE
PARTIES, ALTHOUGH THEY MIGHT HAVE HAD SUCCESSES IN RECENT
ELECTIONS, THEY HAVE NOT BEEN OPERATING IN A WIDESPREAD WAY
OVER THE PAST 20 YEARS WITH A LOT OF INFLUENCE, WHEREAS
OBVIOUSLY REPUBLICANS REPRESENT THEORETICALLY HALF OF THE ENTIRE
COUNTRY. AND WE SEE THE STRAIN OF EVERYTHING YOU DESCRIBED IN
DONALD TRUMP AND SOME OTHER CANDIDATES, DONALD TRUMP IS THE
MOST OUT AND OUT VERSION OF IT, BUT TED CRUZ WAS SAYING HERMAN
DOES THINGS ABOUT CARPET BOMBING CIVILIANS AND NEEDING TO STOP
IMMIGRATION AND EVERYTHING. THAT YOU SEE IT IN VARIOUS ELECTION
THROUGHOUT EUROPE, THANKFULLY IN SOME CASES EVEN EASILY THEY HAVE
REJECTED SOME OF THE MOST EXTREME XENOPHOBIC PARTIES, BUT
IN SOME COUNTRIES THOSE PARTIES ARE GAINING POWER. HISTORICALLY
IT IS MILITARY UNCERTAINTY, THE PROSPECT OF WAR OR YOU ARE IN A
WAR, AND NOW WE DON’T EVEN NEED THAT ANYMORE, TERRORISM EXISTING
HAS TAKEN THE PLACE OF WIDE SCALE WORK IN TERMS OF GETTING PEOPLE
TO BE SO SCARED AND INSECURE THAT THEY WILL START TO LISTEN
TO THE DEMAGOGUES TELLING THEM THAT WE NEED TO HUNKER DOWN, GET
BACK TO SOME IDEALIZED, NEVER EXISTED VERSION OF WHAT OUR
CULTURE WAS BACK — I WAS 50 YEARS AGO. IT IS ISOLATIONISM WRIT LARGE,
IT IS A SOCIETY THAT NEVER EXISTED BUT THEY PROMOTE IT, AND
IN THE UNITED KINGDOM IT IS ECONOMIC, IT IS THE MIGRANT
CRISIS, BARBARIANS ARE AT THE GATE. THERE IS SOME TRUTH TO
THAT, NOT THAT THEY ARE BARBARIANS, BUT YOU HAVE THESE
SHANTYTOWNS OF CALAIS, ACROSS THE ENGLISH CHANNEL, 26
MILES AWAY, WHERE THOUSANDS OF REFUGEES ARE HAVING TO LIVE, TRYING TO FIND
SOME KIND OF EXISTENCE, BECAUSE THEY WANT TO COME INTO THE
UNITED KINGDOM, THEY ARE SO DESPERATE, THEY WANT TO COME IN
AND MOST OF THEM WILL TRY TO COME IN ILLEGALLY. THAT IS A
REAL PROBLEM. BUT THE ANSWER TO THAT PROBLEM IS NOT XENOPHOBIA,
IT IS TO HAVE SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE TO ADDRESS THE
UNDERLYING ISSUE. NOT TO IGNORE THE PROBLEM BUT TO
ADDRESS IT IN A SUBSTANTIVE WAY RATHER THAN TO DEMONIZE THESE
PEOPLE AND STIGMATIZE THEM ALL. THAT IS THE EASY ROUTE TO GO. RATHER THAN MAKE THINGS BETTER
FOR THE GENERAL POPULATION. I’M NOT GOING TO PRETEND THAT
I’M AN EXPERT ON THE PROS AND CONS OF BRITAIN LEAVING THE EU,
BUT I’VE READ SOME, AND THERE ARE LONG-TERM ECONOMIC
RAMIFICATIONS THAT WILL AFFECT NOT JUST THE UK BUT COUNTRIES OF
THE EU AND OUTSIDE OF IT, I THINK SOME OF THE PEOPLE PUSHING
FOR IT ARE AWARE OF THAT, MANY PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT IT MAY BE
DOING IT FOR INDIVIDUAL REASONS, LIKE FEARS THAT OUR IMMIGRATION
POLICY IS BEING DICTATED TO US BY POLITICIANS THAT ARE NOT OF
US, SO IF WE CAN BECOME INDEPENDENT WE COULD HAVE
CONTROL OF THAT. SOME PEOPLE WILL BE CONCERNED WITH BUSINESS
REGULATIONS AND THINGS OF THAT SORT, BUT THERE ARE SUCH LARGER,
LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES TO THE UK’S ECONOMY AND OTHERS THAT I
DON’T THINK MOST PEOPLE ARE THINKING ABOUT NECESSARILY. AND
REALLY FAST, I’VE BEEN KEEPING TRACK OF THE POOL OF POLLS,
RIGHT NOW I BELIEVE LEAVE IS UP FIVE POINTS OVERSTAY. THAT IS A RECENT DEVELOPMENT,
BECAUSE UP UNTIL THIS POINT THE REMAIN CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN IN
THE ASCENDANCY. BY A LITTLE BIT. THAT IS VERY TROUBLESOME. IF
THE UK LEAVES, THE RAMIFICATIONS FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD ARE
SIGNIFICANT IN TERMS OF NOT JUST EUROPE, BUT CHINA, THE UNITED
STATES, AND THE UK ITSELF. THE POLITICAL RAMIFICATIONS, THE
FALLOUT FROM THAT, DAVID CAMERON WILL RESIGN, THERE WILL BE A NEW
LEADERSHIP ELECTION, PEOPLE ARE ARGUING, TO GO BACK TO YOUR
POINT ABOUT INDIVIDUAL AGENDAS, ONE OF THE INDIVIDUALS
OF THE FOREFRONT OF THE LEAVE CAMPAIGN, BORIS JOHNSON,
WAS PRO-EUROPE UP UNTIL A FEW WEEKS AGO BUT HE SAW AN
OPPORTUNITY, HE IS ESSENTIALLY VYING TO BE THE
PRIME MINISTER. WITH THIS BEING THE VEHICLE TO
GET HIM THERE. YES. AND IF THE UK LEAVES, YOU
BETTER BELIEVE IT WILL BE A DOMINO EFFECT. FRANCE HAVE
ALREADY INDICATED, THE NETHERLANDS, THERE WILL BE A
DOMINO EFFECT AND THE BASIS, THE EDIFICE UPON WHICH
POST-WORLD WAR II EUROPE HAS BEEN BUILT, WILL CRUMBLE AND
FALL APART. WHICH HASN’T BEEN PERFECT, BUT IT HAS
BEEN A SOURCE OF STABILITY AND UNITY, ECONOMICALLY, MILITARILY,
SOCIALLY IN SOME WAYS. IF ALL THIS IS THE WAY IT
APPEARS TO BE, THESE TYPES OF LOGICAL THOUGHT PROCESSES, IF
YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT THE ACTUAL DOMINO EFFECT COULD BE, THEY GET
TRUMPED BY FEAR AND HATE AND DISDAIN FOR THE OTHER. IT IS
ALWAYS THE OTHER AND THE FEAR THAT THAT PERSON WILL DO THIS TO
ME, THEREFORE I WILL IGNORE ANYTHING LOGICAL AND GO WITH, I
DON’T LIKE THAT PERSON. AND IT NEVER LEADS TO THE RIGHT
APPROACH. IT IS SO PROFOUNDLY SHOCKING,
REGARDLESS OF ALL OF THE XENOPHOBIA WE TALK ABOUT, THE
FEAR-BASED POLITICS, THE HIGH PASSIONS THAT RUN, THAT HAVE
BEEN RUNNING, TO HAVE THE FACT THAT A 41-YEAR-OLD MEMBER OF
PARLIAMENT BEING SHOT AND KILLED AND STABBED REPEATEDLY — PRESUMABLY FOR HAVING A
POSITION. FOR HAVING A PRO HUMANITARIAN
POSITION, BEFORE SHE WAS AN MP SHE WORKED FOR OXFAM FOR 10
YEARS SO SHE WAS AT THE FOREFRONT OF REFUGEES, SHE
ARGUED FOR AID DROPS, FOR THE UK GOVERNMENT TO BE MORE INVOLVED
IN AID DROPS. SHE SAID IT ISN’T AN EASY CHALLENGE THAT WE HAVE A
MORAL IMPERATIVE TO DO SO. AND SHE IS SHOT AND KILLED. IT IS SO WORRYING THAT THAT
ELEMENT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE COUNTRY I’M FROM,
THAT IS THE COUNTRY OF 2016. AN ACT OF TERRORISM, A
POLITICALLY MOTIVATED ATTACK TO TRY TO GET SOME PEOPLE IN HER
SORT OF POSITION, OTHER MPs, TO POTENTIALLY BACK OFF. THAT IS AN INSANE GOAL. IT IS NOT A COUNTRY I RECOGNIZE,
AND I DON’T SAY THAT LIGHTLY. AND YOU SAID THIS IS SOMETHING
WE ASSOCIATE MORE WITH THE U.S., THAT NECESSARILY POLITICIANS
BEING ASSASSINATED, ALTHOUGH THERE IS A LONG HISTORY
OF THAT,
THAT IS SOMETHING WE ARE MORE USED TO HERE.

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