Thursday 19 January 2017

Jo Cox was the embodiment of resistance to xenophobia

Published 18/06/2016 | 02:30

Floral tributes and candles are placed by a picture of slain British Labour MP Jo Cox at a vigil in Parliament Square, London. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas
Floral tributes and candles are placed by a picture of slain British Labour MP Jo Cox at a vigil in Parliament Square, London. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas

How ironic is it that Labour MP Jo Cox, one of Britain's leading campaigners for a more compassionate response to the Syrian refugee crisis, should be killed, not in the midst of that conflict, but in the streets of her own home constituency, where she had just come from working on behalf of her constituents on the practical problems of their daily lives.

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She was not some starry-eyed idealist, but someone acutely aware of the difficulties faced by communities with large immigrant populations.

The Brexit referendum has become a plebiscite on turning back refugees and immigrants that are coming for reasons largely removed from the EU, and, if anything, reasons more due to the aggressive Middle Eastern policies pursued by Tony Blair and successive British governments.

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