Jo Cox killing evokes memories of north's murdered politicians

There has been much discussion of how the ‘nastiness’ of recent British politics, with special reference to the EU referendum debate, may have influenced the climate in which Jo Cox died, in which politicians attract hate that can turn violent. Picture by Peter Byrne, Press Association
LAST Thursday’s killing of Labour MP Jo Cox in a small Yorkshire town produced media reference to other politicians killed as ‘the string of killings that followed that of Airey Neave (1979).’ That excluded the Official IRA’s victim Jack Barnhill, Dublin senator Billy Fox, killed by the IRA, and the loyalist killing of SDLP senator Paddy Wilson. But then by and large political figures on smaller stages than Westminster killed here during the Troubles – and others caught in the same attacks – escaped the British public. There has been much discussion[...]

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