The murder of Labour M.P Jo Cox by a far right fanatic has rightly brought condemnation from across many political divides. The Wessex Regionalists in paying their respects stated lessons need to be learned in this tragic death. This is particularly the case in what is often inaccurate headlines in a number of newspapers and the words and statements of right leaning politicians.
It cannot be ignored language used in the headlines of the Tory supporting press and of parties such as UKIP fuels hatred. This contributes to tipping the mentally imbalanced among far right supporters over the edge and towards acts of severe violence. 'Rogue reporting' and statements by politicians such as Nigel Farage fuel tensions in communities feeding those who look for scapegoats in society. The vile poster recently launched by UKIP portraying queues of alleged migrants and asylum seekers trying to enter Britain has echoes of the anti-Semitic sentiments used by fascists during the 1930's.
Comparisons can easily be drawn between the killers of Lee Rigby, who were radicalised by Islamic preachers of hate and the killer of Jo Cox, radicalised by far right preachers of hate. The only difference being the flames of hatred that led to Jo's death were actually fanned by headlines in the Tory press. Scanning the social media pages of hate groups such as Britain First sees promotion of such headlines, which the far right see as justification for their actions.
The Wessex Regionalists call upon the media to think before publishing inflammatory and often inaccurate headlines which can inflame the mentally unstable and fuel campaigns of the politicians of hate.
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