Sunday 11 December 2016

When a campaign stokes fear to promote its aims, it can't control the repercussions

Published 18/06/2016 | 02:30

Former councillor Killian Forde pleaded guilty to hoax calls Picture PA
Former councillor Killian Forde pleaded guilty to hoax calls Picture PA

Some important facts, such as motive and the killer's access to a gun, are not yet known about an idealistic British politician's murder - a woman who campaigned for her country to remain in the EU. Other key facts, such as her values, are in no doubt - that she believed in tolerance and inclusivity.

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Yorkshire MP Jo Cox expressed this credo in her maiden speech last June, saying: "Our communities have been deeply enhanced by immigration, be it Irish Catholics across the constituency, or Muslims from India in Gujarat, or from Pakistan, principally from Kashmir." What struck her when meeting constituents from diverse ethnic backgrounds was that "we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us".

Jo Cox spoke up with conviction and moral passion for the kind of Britain she believed in. Our nearest neighbour is home to immigrants from numerous nationalities, especially the Irish.

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