As you probably know, English Labour MP Jo Cox was killed outside her constituency surgery by a man identified as Thomas Mair reported by witnesses as having used a home-made gun…
Although generally understated, the death of Ms Cox has occasioned a variety of sentiment.
Money markets seemed to have taken an upbeat view of the death with both the Pound and the S&P putting on gains in the aftermath of reports that the MP had expired:
And the previously moribund FTSE rebounded sharply on suspension of the referendum:
On the other hand ex British National Party leader Nick Griffin, expressed the belief that Remain will seek to make more political capital out of the MP’s death, sentiments that many on the Leave side are more reticent about openly framing but agree with.
At the time of the killing, Leave had a 6 point opinion poll lead over Remain and momentum to increase that advantage. Increasingly, word from the Remain camp was that the leadership was worried about the direction the campaign was taking.
The central problem is that Remain has increasingly suffered from its commitment to mercantile nationalism – the ideological claim that a central economic justification and rationale for immigration trumps all other considerations.
The idea behind mercantile nationalism is that citizenship of a country has no real meaning outside of what are essentially economic considerations: what contribution you make to the economy, what social provision you require etc. It does not have any means of encompassing the idea of exclusive culture and belonging; ideas it regards as fundamentally illegitimate.
Because of this, Remain has increasingly shown itself to be unable to even communicate its central idea to the largest Cultural Constituencies that make up the Leave camp in Britain in particular Saxon Nationalism
After the Second Germanic War, the Anglo Saxon ‘liberal’ elite dedicated itself to rehabilitating Germanic culture in the eyes of the world. A fundamental part of this was to downplay the antagonism between continental Germany and the Anglo Saxon world. To achieve this, England would agree to be subsumed under a European identity just as the Germans had.
Key elements of this common European identity were welfarism and multiculturalism, both ideas which have been shown to be unacceptable to the contemporary Saxon Nationalist constituency. But more importantly was the idea of freedom of movement and mass immigration based on the logic of a globalised international economy- mercantile nationalism.
This vision of a more ‘civillised’ Europe based on the logic of mass immigration and integration has proved to be motivating to the liberal German elites in Europe and Britain but not the mass of Germanic people. This has expressed itself as an increasing intellectual and emotional gulf between the mass of the population and liberal elites.
Liberals have become more and more concerned that they were failing ‘connect’ with the man in the street but that could all change now, or so they hope. Now Remain have got the basis for their own cultural constituency- their own emotional identity connection point to shape their campaign around. And this of course, is in the form of Jo Cox.
Already the liberal media is working to endow Ms Cox with personal qualities of a saint (not a Christian one of course, but a secular one) and her various progressive foibles with the legitimacy of a canon of belief. This includes patronage through organised charity and foreign aid and a commitment to refugeeism. They have even managed to work in a favourable mention of the so called ‘White Helmets’, a Saxon Axis sponsored media front organisation for Sunni death squads in Syria.
The emphasis of the Remain campaign will now focus on recalibrating the emotional charge in the remaining days of the referendum. To move away from the Saxon emotional staples of anger and cold blooded calculation of personal interests and to centre instead on the Germanic flipside of maudlin sentimentality, a sense of victimhood intertwined with the ever present claim of moral superiority.
The Remain Cultural constituency will be based on ‘people like us’ who support ‘charity’ as a generality and the Germanic moral stewardship of the world through a network of international organisations, of which the EU is a prime example. And Jo Cox is to be the contemporary Saxon, female, Thomas Becket cut down on the altar of European integration.
This is specifically tailored to appeal to the lower social strata of Saxon women who Remain believe are undecided and potentially can be swayed to Remain. The fact that they have been handed the exact media avatar they needed to implement this plan in the closing days of the campaign is a startling co-incidence.
Let us see if the Saxons will buy it.
This article by Jo Cox’s widow appeared in todays Guardian:
Remarkably close to what I have written, if from a different perspective…..