Ho, Jo?


The following is an opinion piece and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Committee of the Libertarian Alliance

When, about 2pm on Thursday June 16th, I first heard of an attack on Jo Cox MP, I thought: Is this a deliberate attempt by the political class to fabricate a story with the purpose of distracting the people from the forthcoming Brexit referendum? With Leave in the lead, and starting to accelerate away?

About an hour later, the media reported that the perpetrator had shouted “Britain First!” before shooting, or kniving, or whatever else it did. I smiled to myself. Yes, this was a set-up, I thought, and they’re going to use it as an excuse to blame the Brexit campaign. This was parts 2 and 3 of their strategy. Part 2: If you want to suppress an issue, make something happen that will eclipse it in the news. And part 3: try to make your opponents look bad in the process.

Another hour later, I heard that Jo Cox had died. I thought, Oops. They shouldn’t have let that happen. I thought of David Kelly, and of another Labour politician, Robin Cook.

The next morning, Boris Johnson and others had “suspended campaigning” in the referendum. It took me a while to appreciate the nuance; but this was part 4 of their strategy. They stopped talking about the issue. Officially.

All this will make more sense when you understand that those, like Johnson, that claim to be pro-Brexit aren’t really against the EU at all. They’re only interested in their own chances at power. All politicians, of all parties, are ultimately on the same side; and it’s their side, not mine. (Or yours.)

As to the specific issue of Leave or Remain, I was a Europhile up to about 1991. I thought the EEC was a good thing. But when the economic EEC morphed into the political EU, I lost all confidence in the European project.

I haven’t voted for almost 30 years. I am completely alienated from political society. But I do plan to vote on Thursday, for Leave. And here’s why. It’s the first time in my 63 years living in a so called “democracy” that I feel my vote has actually had any value at all. It’s my first (and probably last) opportunity to say fuck off to the establishment that have treated me, all my adult life, as if I was sub-human.

So, please join me in voting Leave on Thursday. And in wishing that Jo Cox’s killer, be it an organization or an individual, gets the justice it deserves.

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10 comments

  • Well said Neil.
    My reaction was similar to yours but in the end I believe he my have been driven to despair by the party system we both detest. If you would care to email me at martin.cruttwell@orange.fr I am happy to send you my thesis. In short, Jo Cox was one of those tools so useful to the party manager, enthusiasm without understanding. The party system is unbelievably corrupt as a SYSTEM but it is difficult to spot until you have a yardstick by which to measure it, being “democratic” and all that. regards Martin

  • FRANK TAYLOR/RUNNYMEDE PROJECT

    There have been whispers of a ‘coming bombshell’, and there may be yet more.
    There are already a number of other oddities, besides those already noted, surrounding the murder of Jo Cox. What is needed is an exact timeline from the attack itself, to the arrest of Thomas Mair, the arrival of armed police at his home, through his medical and psychiatric assessment to actual police interview. But, and in the absence of such an exact timeline, prima facie the following questions need answering;-
    1) How come an armed police response car was so close to the scene of the attack as to be able arrest Mair apparently within minutes? Indeed given the speed at which other such units arrived at his home, there may have been more armed units in close proximity?
    2) Judging by the scene of the arrest which have been released, Mair may have suffered a few bruises at that time. Given a case of this importance surely a police doctor and psychologist would have been summoned almost immediately. Thus it is most odd that it was not until the following day that the Acting Chief Constable announced that he had been medically assessed and was now judged fit for interview. From the wording of her announcement it appeared that at that time the interview had not yet commenced.
    3) The initial committal hearing is normally a brief formality. How come Mair was taken to London for that hearing … normally held in the local magistrates’ court … and on whose authority? Was that authority judicial or administrative?
    4) A recall of parliament on the murder of a backbencher (this did not happen in the cases of Neave, Berry or Gow) is unprecedented.
    5) Who, other than the normal police interviewers, doctors, psychologists and his lawyers, may have had, or may still have access to Mair in these interregnums (or which more below).
    The milking of this murder by the Remain camp has become a vulgar circus, obviously intended to create a ‘Princess Diana moment’ for the Remain cause.
    That said, in my view the prevailing memetic emanating from this circus is more subtle, and also more pervasive, than any comment I have so far seen, reaching even below the notion that Leave has caused blood on the streets, and the hint that its central message is violent and fascistic as recorded by the likes of Toynbee, Delingpole, much European press comment, and others.
    That memetic is contained in a clip from Jo Cox’s maiden speech, together perhaps with one or two other brief clips from her speeches on the same theme. This theme concerns, ‘we have more that unites than divides us; ‘togetherness’ and ‘unity’. Such brief excerpts on the ‘togetherness’ and ‘unity’ meme have been repeated, repeated, repeated ad nauseam on mainstream media since Thursday afternoon like a mantra. Strange isn’t it?
    I wonder whether there is some Norman Reddaway style spook might be in the background, orchestrating all of this, and … if so … working through what channels?
    For want of any doubt I must strongly emphasise that I am definitely not against ‘togetherness’ any more than I against a ‘better world’ of peace and harmony. However ‘togetherness’ comes in many brands and varieties, a number of which are seriously ersatz.
    So often, indeed almost invariably, the laudible objective acts as the Trojan Horse for the corporate control agenda.
    For the rest, what I am about to say, is uttered with the greatest reserve and caution. As to whether this is a full blown black operation, we will almost certainly never know for certain. I seek only to establish, at this time, plausible hypothesis, and no more.
    Too often a plausible hypothesis is seized upon, without further hard evidence, and turned into incontrovertible proof to be taken as established truth. Such brands of ‘conspiracy theory’ are rightly condemned. To construct a plausible hypothesis is not to establish confirmed truth. Suspicion, even with some level of prima facie evidence, is one thing; proof is quite another.
    Thus I pose the following strictly on the basis of that which is not impossible.
    There is already an accumulation of statements from those who knew Mair, in many cases for many years, who say that what has happen ran against everything they ever knew about him and against many long established estimations of his character. Also we know that he has had a long struggle against depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
    In his Activist Post article of yesterday (18th June) Jon Rappoport alleges a possible psyop. He highlights the possibility that Mair may have been prescribed SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressants adding that ‘these drugs are known to push people over the edge into violent behavior … ‘ and giving some examples of violent incidents involving drugs such as Prozac and Zoloft and Paxil, as well as some commentary from leading practitioners. He adds that another slightly different drug, Luvox is often prescribed for obsessive-compulsive disorder as well as depression. Ritalin may also be involved.
    What Rappoport does not mention, but which has become a matter of speculation in a number of cases … most notoriously that of Sirhan Sirhan the convicted killer of Robert Kennedy, is the possible role of hypnosis.
    Those who regard such a possibility with incredulity need look no further than the work of Derren Brown. Using apparent hypnosis Brown has produced a series of remarkable … many quite hair raising … results. These include the use of a games console to hypnotise a person into believing they had actually become part of the game itself (and which involved considerable violence in this individual fighting off what he believed to be real-life zombies).
    For anyone who doubts the ease with which a person can be hypnotised into carrying out an act against their will, a look at Derren Brown’s The Assassination of Stephen Fry is strongly recommended. In this, and using a sequence of hypnotic triggers, an ordinary individual (with no axe to grind against Stephen fry at all) is induced to fire a pistol at Fry in a crowded theatre. Afterwards he is brought out of the trance by Brown, and clearly has not a clue in hades where he is or what the hell is happening. My estimation of Stephen Fry is that he would not be a party to a fraud. It is very scary stuff indeed. Brown’s work is widely available.
    There is no shortage of Tommy Mairs out there. They are often loners, perhaps not the most intelligent, have a history of mental, drug or sexual and personal problems, are often impressionable and gullible. Against that they often exhibit a greater than normal (and to some authorities unwelcome!) curiosity about what might be happening behind the faux imagery, cliches and cardboard scenery of modern life.
    This one appears to have dabbled in far right politics. It may just as easily have been Scientology, Zen Bhuddism, or herbalism. Beset by personal problems they may latch on to such causes only to find that those also have feet of clay, are not an answer to their problems and then drift on to another destination.
    Such an individual encountering a series of drug and hypnosis induced triggers and then acting in such a manner is by no means impossible, and may even explain his apparent calmness through this entire episode,

  • Of interest is the fact that polls since this event indicate that it is not the event itself, but financial concerns (and here I have Osborne’s supposed budget in mind) that have prompted some to scurry back beneath their rocks and either switch to “undecided” or “Remain”.

  • In matters such as this, I tend to find the simplest explanations are the best.

    • So, what’s your simple explanation, Tom?

      • 1. She was a traitor (or, if as I suspect, she was not white, then she was a Fifth Column enemy of the British people).

        2. The penalty for treason is death.

      • I think the simplest explanation is that a nutcase shot an MP at the worst possible time, and conspiracy theories do us no credit at all.

        • The weak point of conspiracy theories is agency. It’s easy enough for David Cameron to scream at his staff: “We’re losing. Do SOMETHING!” But, if you are part of the state machinery, are you really going to risk your career and pension, and perhaps your liberty, on arranging for the murder of an MP? I believe both David Kelly and HIlda Murrell were murdered with a nod and wink from the authorities. Both went spectacularly tits up, and they were semi-nobodies. You simply don’t arrange for the murder of someone like Jo Cox, who are themselves important, and whose friends may one day be in government and eager to find the truth. My vote is with Ian.

  • I don’t think that a “conspiracy theory” is necessary, or even helpful, in order to evaluate whether or not the political class are committing skulduggery. My concern at the beginning, as I hope I made plain in the article, was that the media would use the incident to smear Brexit. At that point, I wasn’t even thinking about any kind of “plot.”

    In today’s politics, certain “causes” are simply not up for discussion. The EU is one. The “humans are causing catastrophic global warming” lie is another. The political class will defend these “causes” at all costs. (As long as those costs are paid by someone else, of course). And, since they have no moral scruples, they will do whatever it takes to do that.

    Is that conspiracy? Maybe; but my suspicion is that such a conspiracy, if it occurred, happened several decades in the past. Since then, it’s been more a matter of “birds of a feather flock together.”

    To specifics. I dispute Sean’s view that state functionaries are held back by personal considerations from the planning of atrocities. I can offer the examples of the invasion of Iraq and the murder of Jean Charles de Menezes. How many functionaries lost their jobs or pensions over those two?

    The big wigs in MI25 – or whatever it’s called these days – wouldn’t have been taking any risks for themselves, if they ordered minions to find some useful idiot and make him create a suitable diversion. Yes, if it went wrong and the victim died, some madman might get a life sentence; but the state looks after its own. Unless they try to cross it, or are very, very unlucky; as seems to have happened to Jo Cox.

    Of course, I have no knowledge of what actually happened on Thursday 16th. But I can speculate. And so should you. As long as you follow the wise words of (sigh) John Maynard Keynes: “When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?”

    • Regarding the change of trajectory in the polls, so far it only seems to have boosted the undecideds barring the ORB polls. Do you think that Osborne’s “emergency budget” last week might’ve had more to do with it?

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