Thomas Mair has been found guilty of the murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox and given a whole life sentence. It's obviously a good thing that this dangerous right-wing fanatic is going to be locked up where he can't kill anyone else for their political views, but the big objection many people have to this verdict is why he was tried for murder when his crime was quite clearly an act of extreme-right terrorism.
The facts are absolutely clear.
- Thomas Mair had proven links to several extreme-right political organisations.
- Thomas Mair obtained the manuals that he used to make his home made gun from an extreme-right neo-Nazi group in the United States.
- Thomas Mair had a house rammed full of extreme-right literature.
- Thomas Mair carried out a pre-planned politically motivated assassination and planned assassination attempts on other politicians too.
- Eyewitnesses have given sworn evidence that Mair was yelling "Britain First" as he carried out the killing.
- Despite a lot of hot air from them, the extreme-right hate group Britain First have refused to confirm whether Thomas Mair attended protests by the Britain First Northern Division (they had a photo of what appears to be Tommy Mair attending a Northern Division protest on their own website).
We all know full well that it would have been a terrorism charge if the killer had've been from a Muslim background with links to extremist Islamist groups and a house full of radical Islamist literature.
The obvious question is 'why the discrepancy?'
Why is a radicalised right-wing white supremacist who kills a politician in the street any less of a terrorist than a radicalised Islamist fanatic who kills anyone else?
I'm not going to attempt to answer the question for you. I'll leave it to you to think about why the discrepancy exists; what kind of message this discrepancy sends to extreme-right fanatics like Britain First and their followers; and what effect such an obvious double standard might have on the perceived legitimacy of the UK justice system.
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