When Britain voted to leave the EU last Thursday the head of the Leave campaign Nigel Farage claimed victory by boasting that the Brexit was achieved “without a single bullet being fired”. It’s unclear if Farage simply forgot or didn’t want his moment of triumph dampened by the fact that bullets were indeed fired. To be precise, three bullets were fired into Labour MP and supporter of the Remain campaign Jo Cox.
Cox was also stabbed multiple times as she stood out the front of her local library. She was pronounced dead in the ambulance on the way to hospital. Thomas Mair, her alleged attacker, later said in court “Death to traitors, freedom for Britain”. This wasn’t just a random killing. Cox’s murder was directly related to her campaigning for Britain to remain in the EU.
But Farage wasn’t the only one to erase Cox’s murder from history.
SBS Australia reported the resignation of Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron with the headline, “Surprise Brexit result claims PM as first victim”. Meanwhile, The New Daily’s headline read “The biggest victim: David Cameron resigns amid Brexit vote fallout”. Considering that David Cameron has lost his job and Jo Cox has lost her life, it’s pretty clear who the “biggest” victim is. And given that Cox was killed before the vote, there is no doubt that she was the first victim.