The tragic death of Labour MP Jo Cox has left the world in shock, yet the motive of the suspect remains ambiguous. Thomas Mair, who has been arrested for the killing of Cox, was heard by witnesses to have shouted “Britain First” as he shot and stabbed the Batley and Spen MP. So was Mair, 52, acting out against a former global aid worker, who in her maiden speech spoke of how “our communities have been deeply enhanced by immigration”? The same community that Mair lived and was Cox’s constituency.
Reports have revealed that Mair had links with a London-based far right group which have been campaigning for years for Brexit, and was named as a supporter in an online publication of the Springbok Club. The club is an organisation which has defended the white supremacist apartheid regime in South Africa.
There is apparent ten year link between Mair and the Springbok Club. A sleuth managed to track down the link via its online publication, the Springbok Cyber Newsletter, with a bygone question regarding Mair’s whereabouts: “Thomas Mair, from Batley in Yorkshire [who] was one of the earliest subscribers and supporters of “S.A. Patriot” who has moved from his address in the Fieldhead Estate district of the town.” Don’t you just hate it when your past Internet life exposes you?!