Face of the day



Today’s face of the day, Thomas Mair, wasn’t the politically motivated killer the media initially made him out to be. He didn’t yell “Britain first” when he killed Jo Cox and he wasn’t a member or follower of the political party blamed by the media for the attack. ?He was mentally ill, attending mental health services and had received both psychotherapy and medication in the past.

Scrabbling to find a way to label him a white supremacist, media dug up a subscription to a magazine that he had stopped subscribing to ten years ago. It was a South African magazine called ‘South Africa Patriot’. Failing to link him to the British political party called Britain First they built their flimsy case for it being a political killing on a decade-old magazine subscription.

The organisation Britain First, which was founded by former members of the British National Party, has denied that Mair was associated with it?and say they condemn the killing.



THE man suspected of killing MP Jo Cox was a loner who subscribed to a white supremacist magazine, it has emerged today.

Thomas Mair, 52, was reported to have been born in Kilmarnock, although he has lived in Birstall, Yorkshire, for more than 30 years.

Mair subscribed to the ‘South Africa Patriot’ magazine until around 2006.


?52-year-old man has been arrested, West Yorkshire Police confirmed. He has been named locally as Thomas Mair and described as a ?loner? by neighbours.

They said he had mental health problems, but was kind and helpful and did not belong ?to any political party and I never heard him express any views about Europe or anything??

A 2010 report in the Huddersfield Daily Examiner (archived in Free Library) said that he had attended Pathways Day Centre for adults with mental health problems in Mirfield, West Yorkshire.

He said the service was better that ?psychotherapy and medication? ? implying he had received both treatments before.

Pathways Day Services is ?a team that offers support to people experiencing mental health difficulties?, helping them ?overcome barriers such as low mood, social anxiety, reduced confidence, or lack of motivation?.

He said: ?I can honestly say it has done me more good than all the psychotherapy and medication in the world.

?Many people who suffer from mental illness are socially isolated and disconnected from society, feelings of worthlessness are also common mainly caused by long-term unemployment.

?All these problems are alleviated by doing voluntary work.

…Neighbour Kathleen Cooke, 62, told the Telegraph that Mr. Mair had lived in the same house for 40 years with his grandmother?until she died about 20 years ago. Since then he has lived on his own and has never had any full-time employment.

She added: ?He has lived here for 40 years and has never been in any trouble and has never caused any trouble.

?He sometimes used to shout at the local kids if they played too near his house but that is fairly normal.

?I don?t think he belonged to any political party and I never heard him express any views about Europe or anything like that. To us, he was just Tommy, a local bloke we all knew.?