The police are investigating reports that the assailant yelled “Britain First” during the attack. If those words were used, this would appear to be not merely a chauvinist taunt, but the name of a far-right political party, whose candidate for City Hall turned his back in disgust on Sadiq Khan at the count, in sectarian rage at a great cosmopolitan city’s decision to make a Muslim mayor.
Known nutter (let’s not be namby pamby about “mental health issues” here) might have shouted something or other about an offshoot of the BNP, a quite literally fascist and thus left wing party.
The Guardian’s next two paragraphs state, in full:
We are in the midst of what risks becoming a plebiscite on immigration and immigrants. The tone is divisive and nasty. Nigel Farage on Thursday unveiled a poster of unprecedented repugnance. The backdrop was a long and thronging line of displaced people in flight. The message: “The EU has failed us all.” The headline: “Breaking point.” The time for imagining that the Europhobes can be engaged on the basis of facts – such as the reality that a refugee crisis that started in Syria and north Africa can hardly be blamed on the EU, or the inconvenient detail that obligations under the refugee convention do not depend on EU membership – has passed. One might have still hoped, however, that even merchants of post-truth politics might hold back from the sort of entirely post-moral politics that is involved in taking the great humanitarian crisis of our time, and then whipping up hostility to the victims as a means of chivvying voters into turning their backs on the world.
The idealism of Ms Cox was the very antithesis of such brutal cynicism. Honour her memory. Because the values and the commitment that she embodied are all that we have to keep barbarism at bay.
Fuck off cunts I think is the correct response there.
Worth just pointing this out too:
or the inconvenient detail that obligations under the refugee convention do not depend on EU membership
Both EU and international obligations are that refugees have an absolute right to asylum in the first safe country they reach. But only to asylum in the first safe country they reach. That’s actually the system. Someone steps off a plane from Syria into Heathrow and they do indeed have that right to apply for asylum in England. Someone who has passed through Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, etc etc and France does not.