According to witnesses the ‘beast’ that slaughtered Jo Cox screamed ‘Britain first!” before carrying out his foul deed. Anyone who believes that this act of brutality is unconnected to Brexit and its ugly politics is either guilty of mendacity or wallowing in ignorance.
As Polly Toynbee writes in the Guardian: ‘The mood is ugly and an MP is dead’.
Oh how the words of Bertolt Brecht, warning of complacency when it came to the possibility of fascism ever re-emerging , resonate today. Brecht wrote” ‘The womb from which this monster emerged remains fertile.”
The pro-Brexit left need to know that they are dancing with the devil. I urge them to turn back before we enter an abyss from which there is no coming back.
Brexit is the legimisation of racism, right wing extremism, and the politics of hate against ‘the other’ in response to austerity. It is everything that previous generations of socialists, communists, and progressives have resisted with their liberty and lives if need be.
As I have just written elsewhere, we have borne witness to the ideological collapse of the pro-Brexit left.
Enough is enough.
Shame on those who have attempted to attribute a progressive character to this racist campaign and cause.