Thomas Mair: 'Racism has become mainstream' says leading author

Thomas Mair: 'Racism has become mainstream' says leading author

The Old Bailey, where Mair was sentenced

Thursday, November 24, 2016

A political shift towards the far right in the centre of British politics has contributed to racism becoming "mainstream", according to a leading author.

This follows 52-year-old Thomas Mair being handed a life sentence for the murder of Jo Cox yesterday at the Old Bailey.

During the trial, the court heard how he shouted "Britain first" as he launched his attack on the MP for Batley and Spen, and how he'd maintained white supremacist, anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi political views which motivated him. 

Matthew Collins, author of Hate: My Life in the British Far Right, clarified it was important to differentiate concerns about immigration from Mair's ideology, "which began and ended with murder". He claimed that "racism has become mainstream" in the UK because "the centreground for politics has shifted to the right".

Listen to the full interview above.