Jo Cox’s neo-nazi terrorist killer Thomas Mair was one of the original members of an infamous far-right organisation called the Springbok Club.
This is from a 2006 edition of the organisation’s newsletter – the Springbok Cyber Newsletter:
As you can see, the newsletter contains regular reports and numerous references to a sister organisation called the London Swinton Circle. Here’s an example report from exactly the same 2006 edition of the newsletter:
Farage’s and other leading Brexit campaigners’ connections to the London Swinton Circle is presumably why the organisation is now suddenly claiming on its website it has no connection with the Springbok Club, in a desperate attempt to distance itself from the horrific and tragic events of yesterday:
This denial however is somewhat undermined by the latest edition of the Springbok Club newsletter, which claims the Swinton Circle is a sister organisation of the Springbok Club, and clearly states both are members of something called the Patriotic Forum:
Farage needs to come clean about his connections to these odious people.
Amazingly, some Brexit supporters are already claiming Jo Cox’s murder as a “left-wing false flag”…
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Steve Peers said:
See also Neil Hamilton’s links: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/neil-hamilton-and-the-club-that-wants-civilised-rule-restored-in-south-africa-a6920751.html
There is supposedly a breakaway, even more right-wing version of the London Swinton Circle called the Swinton Circle (sans London). The latter is seemingly the one directly affiliated with the Springbok Club, not the former, although it was formed in 2006 – after Farage’s speech.
Can the exact relationship between the Springbok Club and the London SC prior to 2009 be confirmed?
Mike Paterson said:
It is disgusting that you are using Jo’s death for political gain!!!
already it look familiar
The important aspect which will be of great interest to the police is the link of the suspect with a racist organisation
A man commited a horrific crime. He subscribed to a club that had links to a club that a man who championed brexit belonged to.
I love auto bahns so does that mean I’m a Nazi supporter becasue the Nazis built the auto bahns?
Justin Free said:
Absolute trash, the fact that Jo Cox lost her life was appalling in the extreme. But the timing of this murder beggars a few questions such as with a large swing of voters looking to opt out of this corrupt and increasingly federal European Union, a young innocent girl loses her life. A conspiracy theorist might believe and with good reason that those panicked euro sycophants would stop at nothing at this stage to make a last desperate push to swing the vote back in their favour – EVIL AND DISGUSTING!!
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The right wingers trying to downplay their association with this now know how the left feel when they’re smeared as being anti-semites.
Roy Anderson said:
Not yet seen any comment from UKIP about the murder of Jo Cox MP. However, I can only get Sky news here.
kerrie webb said:
disgraceful the man was cleary having mental health issues this is nothing to do with nigel farage or politics or the EU referendum!! and Nigel has tweeted Deeply saddened to hear that Jo Cox has died. Sincerest condolences to her family.
Christian Poulton said:
Kerrie, you are probably right. By all accounts Jo’s killer had mental health issues. Whether or not his motives were triggered by the referendum campaign, from both sides, we may never know but to directly link either side to this horrific killing without any hard evidence is disgusting.
One or two comments here seem to gloss over the fact that the killer at the very least used to be a member of a far right group [the Springbok Club], and that (as we understand it at present) eye witnesses heard him shout twice either “Britain First” [the name of a far right group] or “Put Britain first” [which suggests support for Brexit in the current moment] during his murderous attack.
It is either disingenuous in the extreme or the result of being insufficiently informed to assert this atrocity is nothing to do with the referendum or politics. The prima facie case would suggest it is very much to do with those things, and it may not be a coincidence (to put it mildly) that Jo Cox was notable for her championing of migrants.
As for Justin Free’s reply to Tom:
“Absolute trash … The timing of this murder beggars [sic] a few questions such as with a large swing of voters looking to opt out of this corrupt and increasingly federal European Union, a young innocent girl loses her life. A conspiracy theorist might believe and with good reason that those panicked euro sycophants would stop at nothing at this stage to make a last desperate push to swing the vote back in their favour – EVIL AND DISGUSTING!!”
I’m sorry, Justin; Are you seriously suggesting some Remain group has had Jo Cox killed off so that public opinion will rally to their side? That is the most demented thing I think I have ever heard. I echo your final phrase.
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A 10 year old tenuous connection that disrespects what happened in Birstall.
I am a fervent, committed Remain campaigner but trying to link a 10 year old document reporting a speech by Nigel Farage and a request to contact a person who has not been heard from in a long while is beyond the pale.
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Easily the most pathetic attempt to connect one thing to another completely unrelated thing I have ever seen in my entire life.
Tom Pride you are using Jo Cox death to attack people. You are a coward.
Roy Anderson pretty much every UKIP rep tweeted sadness when it happened, we have also made a statement saying we won’t be putting up a candidate at the election to replace her and the party has put out a formal statement.
Not sure what else you want us to do.
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Thank goodness that our Police don’t carry guns as a matter of course.
At least there is a chance of finding out some of the facts around this murder / assassination. In some countries the ‘suspect’ would have been shot dead at the scene, and nothing would have been forthcoming from the accused.
How long this state of affairs will last is however debatable as more and more incidents seem to now justify the very early presence of armed Police.
The Wayback Machine has The London Swinton Circle showing a disclaimer that it is not connected with The SpringBok Club as far back as December 2008, so, “suddenly claiming…it has no connection…in a desperate attempt to distance itself…from the horrific and tragic events of yesterday,” seems more than disingenuous.
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Lisa P said:
The Swinton Circle wikipedia page has this info on it:
Alan Harvey has been described by Searchlight magazine as a publisher of “racist and antisemitic” material.Harvey also ran the ‘Springbok Club’, which has been described by Johann Hari in The Independent as a “racist organisation.” Somewhat contrary to these assertions, it became public in July 2015 that Harvey had firmly refused an alliance with ex-UKIP candidate and writer for European Knights Project Jack Sen with Harvey expressing concern over Sen’s alleged “Neo-Nazi” associations and maintaining the Springbok Club was “101% Pro-Israel.”
Harvey was a one time Chair of the Circle but was expelled from the London Swinton Circle in October 2008 after disrupting the business of the Circle amidst allegations that he was a “Searchlight mole”.
In January 2009 Harvey formed a rival breakaway group using the name ‘Swinton Circle’.London Swinton Circle member, and former Leader of the National Front, Ian Anderson commented on the development that Harvey was claiming “he was in charge of the [London] Swinton Circle and even called meetings, however as they rapidly degenerated into occasions for him to attack anyone he felt like, they have not been a great success”.Harvey later told Searchlight magazine that he had “won” in his struggle against the London Swinton Circle.
Lisa P said:
Another of the Springbok Club’s alumni was a certain Gary Cartwright who used to work for UKIP (in particular for fraudster MEP Tom Wise) before defecting to Nikki Sinclaire – some info on this blog: https://wedemandareferendumparty.wordpress.com
The connections between Farage and the extreme right seem clear
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Mr Pride adds more information to the links between Thomas Mair, the Springbok Club and the London Swinton Circle. Both organisations are members of a further ultranationalist group, the Patriotic Forum. And the Fuhrage has given a talk to the Swinton Circle.
As you can see from the comments to this piece, it provoked outrage from Brexiters and Kippers, who are desperate to cling to the defence that Mair was motivated by mental health issues, rather than fanatical, extreme right-wing beliefs.
I don’t know who they’re trying to convince with this – the general public, or themselves. The Far Right have a reputation for extreme violence and thuggery, ever since Mussolini’s Squadristi and Hitler’s Nazis, who used to sing songs about leaving the Jews ‘bleeding at our feet’. And this violence did not suddenly evaporate after the Second World War. In the 1960’s and ’70s the NF were running training camps, supposedly for ‘self-defence’, but actually in how to kill and bomb Jews, Blacks, Asians, ‘Communists’ and anyone who once looked at them funny. They had a deliberate policy of recruiting football hooligans and violent crims. There’s even a clip around of Martin Webster telling the gentlemen of the press that they are looking for ‘robust young men to defend the country from Communism’. In America, most terrorist offences actually don’t come from Muslims, but from White Supremacist and Nazi groups. It’s therefore frankly amazing why anyone should believe that Mair was not motivated to carry out his attack on Jo Cox through his political beliefs, when violence and murder have been part and parcel of the Nazi right since the 1920s.
It is important that no one publishes anything which could affect ongoing investigations and the subsequent criminal trial but it is important to point out that the police political colleagues and national media has never claimed that although the assassination was carried out by the person now charges that he did so alone or because mental health issues alone or indeed that he had current mental issues. The official police statement is that they had to main lines of inquiry, the mental health question is one and the other his association with right extremism, moreover the police had also said as others reported that the matter was local in the sense that is it is not presently known be a terrorist act inspired or directed from outside the UK which is the priority concern of the security services and the fear of politicians and public and which presently centred on France and the football championship but where all the participating nations are potentially vulnerable
It may also be significant that the next door neighbour or nearby neighbour an SRN nurse of many years experience questioned the notion that the alleged culprit had current mental health issues and this cane across more positively than other neighbours who said he was political let alone right wing. No doubt everyone to has commented on the alleged assassin will be interviewed by the investigating authorities. It can also be assumed that at some point Parliament will hold its own or arrange an investigation into the why and consequent implications. There were many fine tributes made during the special sessions of both Houses of Parliament but the most directly related contribution to your article and associated comments was made by Baroness King of Bow in House of Lords and while I urge everyone to watch and listen to all the speeches as well as read all the transcripts I include the words of Baroness King here because of their relevance.
3.13 pm Baroness King of Bow (Lab)
I knew Jo because we both worked for the Kinnocks, for the Browns and for the Labour Women’s Network—which Jo chaired—and we both had a habit of ending up in refugee camps. In the run-up to Jo’s election as an MP, she told me that my diary of being an MP had nearly put her off. “The thing is,” she said, “my constituency could never cause me as much grief as yours”. This is the only thing Jo was wrong about.
Jo has suffered more than any one of us in Parliament. Jo has given more than any one of us in Parliament. Therefore, Jo now represents more than any one of us in Parliament. She represents civilisation in much the same way as her murderer represents barbarism. Glenys—my noble friend Lady Kinnock—told us that Jo was no saint but let me tell you why she was an angel. She is one of a tiny percentage of the world’s population, a truly infinitesimally small percentage, who genuinely care about other people’s children as much as they care for their own and then act on that.
Apart from being an angel, Jo was also a proper policy person. She would want us to be talking about the policies as much as the personality. Because she was angel, she would most likely be the first to point out that we must not just rage against her murderer. We must seek to understand what leads an isolated, mentally ill man to kill. What is that whipped him up into a frenzy? Who is it who whipped him up into a frenzy, because it was not Jo? Or did all of us whip him into a frenzy? Was it Britain’s public discourse that whipped him into a frenzy? Then our cultural discourse must change and that must be Jo’s legacy—a kinder, more tolerant Britain.
In that kinder Britain, one of the first questions must be: just how many isolated and mentally ill people are there among us? Which policy failures have contributed to their plight? Why are those isolated mentally ill people not our priority, rather than our afterthought? Why are we not heeding the police when they say that the single biggest factor shared by extremists who carry out terror attacks, whether Islamic extremists or white British nationalists, is untreated mental health issues? Jo would ask why our mental health services are Cinderella services—in fact, she asked that in Parliament. Another question that she always asked was why poorer communities in general and refugees in particular are always the ones to pay the highest price.
A few weeks ago, speaking in favour of the amendment in the name of my noble friend Lord Dubs on refugee children, Jo said:
“Syrian families are being forced to make an impossible decision: stay and face starvation, rape, persecution and death, or make a perilous journey to find sanctuary … Who can blame desperate parents for wanting to escape the horror … Children are being killed on their way to school … I know I would risk life and limb to get my two precious babies out of that hellhole”.
It is hard to think about Jo’s two precious babies today, even if they have an extraordinary family and a father, Brendan, who radiates love and is surely the most dignified man in Britain. Jo concluded:
“Any Member who has seen the desperation and fear on the faces of children trapped in … camps across Europe must surely feel compelled to act. I urge them … to be brave and bold”.—[Official Report, Commons, 25/4/16; cols. 1234-35.]
That is what Jo said and that is how I conclude this tribute to her. I urge everyone who contributes to Britain’s public discourse to be brave and bold—bold enough to be kind and brave enough to be tolerant. I ask parliamentarians to transcribe Jo’s kindness into legislation, because that is how we drain the hate that killed her. Tragedy brings focus. Jo represents us now in a way that others do not. Jo’s words mean even more now and, unless we heed the tone of her words, her life could have been lost in vain. Not just for the sake of Jo but for the sake of British democracy, that can never be.