Thursday, 16 June 2016

Jo Cox

Today, for the first time in over a quarter of a century, a sitting British Member of Parliament was killed:

Jo Cox, a Labour MP, represented the constituency of Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire. She was speaking to constituents in the town of Birstall when a man shot and stabbed her, then left her for dead. Cox later died of her injuries.

It has been reported that her murderer shouted "put Britain first" and/or "Britain first!". Britain First is the name of a far-right party here in the United Kingdom; as such, it is possible that this attack was motivated by nationalism, given that the EU referendum is next week.

Regardless of motives and the standing of the victim in society, an accomplished person and mother has died; Cox had a husband and two young children; I don't envy him having to explain to his children what happened to their mother.