Friday, 24 June 2016

Farage Referendum Victory Speech Insults Memory of Jo Cox

As the EU Referendum results look to be finalised the leader of the right wing political party UKIP, Nigel Farage, took to the stage to make a speech to celebrate the UK's decision to leave the European Union, a speech that not only congratulated isolationist and xenophobic voters, but also insulted the memory of Jo Cox.

Speaking at a rally in central London Mr Farage said, 'This, if the predictions now are right, this will be a victory for real people, a victory for ordinary people, a victory for decent people.

'We have fought against multinationals, we have fought against big merchant banks, we have fought against big politics, we have fought against lies, corruption and deceit.  And today honesty, decency and belief in nation, I think is going to win.

'And we have done it without having to fight, without a single bullet being fired, we'd have done it by damn hard work on the ground.'

Farage's comments about victory without having had a single bullet fired have come under a massive backlash as less than a week ago MP Jo Cox was brutally murdered in the street by a pro-Brexit supporter.

Whilst some have denied any connection between her killer and the Leave campaign Thomas Mair, the man who took Jo Cox's life, was witnessed shouting 'put Britain first' whilst performing the attack, and gave his name in court as 'Death to traitors, freedom for Britain'.  Leaving many to make the natural conclusion that the crime was motivated by politics.

Even if there turns out to be no connection between the debate over Britain leaving the EU and a pro-leave campaigner murdering a minister campaigning to stay in the EU the timing of the events and the comments made by the killer make Farage's speech incredibly insensitive and even downright insulting.

It is also worth noting, however, that Farage has in the build up to the EU Referendum advocated for people to turn to violence if they feel that the UK should leave the European Union, so forgetting to respect the memory of someone who lost their life to such violence is hardly beyond him.

With the value of the pound already plummeting to the lowest point it has ever been at since its inception and known homophobes, racists, sexists and xenophobes such as Nigel Farage celebrating the results of the vote, today is already proving to be an incredibly dark day for rational minded citizens of Britain.


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