Worse than a Crime

Tommy Mair arrested for murder of Jo Cox MP

West Yorkshire police apprehending the alleged killer of Jo Cox MP this afternoon

After Napoleon had a French prince summarily executed in 1804, a contemporary French statesman commented: “It is worse than a crime, it is a mistake”.

If (as seems likely) the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox this afternoon was committed by someone thinking they were acting out of a patriotic motive, then this horrific murder could be described in similar terms.

For a political killing is not like any other crime: it is no disrespect to Mrs Cox’s family to say that such a murder transcends individuals.  It is intended to have a wider impact: yet that impact is certain to be the opposite of what the deluded gunman intended.

Of the ten MPs or ex-MPs murdered during the past hundred years, seven were killed by IRA terrorists, one by petty criminals claiming to belong to a “black power” movement in Bermuda, and one by a homosexual serial killer.  The tenth – former Tory MP and Cabinet minister Lord Moyne – was murdered by the Jewish terrorist group Lehi (better known as the Stern Gang) who also killed his driver, Lance Corporal Arthur Fuller.

The grave of Jewish terrorist Eliyahu Hakim, honoured by the Israeli state on Mount Herzl, Jerusalem

The grave of Jewish terrorist Eliyahu Hakim, honoured by the Israeli state on Mount Herzl, Jerusalem

All of the previous politically motivated assassins of MPs or ex-MPs during the past century eventually achieved their objectives.  Indeed the Jewish assassins of Lord Moyne (although executed by the British authorities) were later exhumed by the State of Israel: their bodies lay in state in the “Jerusalem Hall of Heroism” before being buried with full military honours in a state funeral on Mount Herzl.

Why therefore do we say that the killing of Jo Cox is a political mistake which will have wider and more damaging consequences than the crime itself?

Simply because the present state of British politics and society – while undoubtedly grim – does not amount to a revolutionary situation.  Despite frequent pious denials, there was (and remains) a substantial base of support for Sinn Fein / IRA within the Irish Catholic population; to an even greater extent, the majority of Jews worldwide supported anti-British terrorism during the 1940s (and still venerate the memory of the terrorists involved).

Ian Gow was the last British MP to be murdered, when he was killed at his home by an IRA car bomb in 1990.

Ian Gow was the last British MP to be murdered, when he was killed at his home by an IRA car bomb in 1990.

Whatever their views on immigration or Brexit, hardly any Britons believe it is time to shoot MPs (with the possible exception of Sinn Fein MPs).

Despite all the problems presented by unjust laws, there are still many political opportunities for nationalists in modern Britain.  Paramilitary posing (of the sort indulged in by Britain First et al.) and foolish online incitements to violence can only be counter-productive.

The immediate political effect of Jo Cox’s murder might well be to swing the balance in favour of a ‘Remain’ vote in next week’s referendum. We must hope that the longer term effect will be to cure the fringe elements of nationalism of their addiction to pointless rhetoric and Hollywood theatrics.

UPDATE: While Tommy Mair – the alleged assassin of Jo Cox MP – is said by witnesses to have shouted “Britain First” while committing the murder, there seems so far to be no evidence of a direct connection between Mair and the political group Britain First, led by former BNP official Paul Golding.  Mair’s only established UK political connection is with South African Patriot in Exile, published by former NF member Alan Harvey since 1991.  Mr Harvey was always an eccentric and marginal figure in our movement and no longer has any connection with racial nationalism – indeed Mair’s own position on racial questions is rather mysterious, since he apparently has a black half-brother. However in the early hours of Friday morning the U.S. ‘anti-fascist’ group Southern Poverty Law Center published what appear to be genuine documents showing that Mair had purchased material from the National Alliance, the best known racial nationalist organisation in the U.S.. These purchases date back more than a decade, and there is no suggestion of any connection between Mair and the present NA organisation.

Alan Harvey and friends at a recent gathering of South African exiles. Harvey described alleged killer Tommy Mair as "one of the earliest supporters and subscribers" of his journal 'S.A. Patriot in Exile', which Harvey describes as "101% pro-Israel".

Alan Harvey and friends at a recent gathering of South African exiles. Harvey described alleged killer Tommy Mair as “one of the earliest supporters and subscribers” of his journal ‘S.A. Patriot in Exile’, which Harvey describes as “101% pro-Israel”.

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