Thomas Mair: Man arrested in connection with Jo Cox attack was a 'loner' with 'history of mental health problems'


**Thomas Mair: Man arrested in connection with Jo Cox attack was a ‘loner’ with ‘history of mental health problems’

The man being held in connection with the death of MP Jo Cox has been named as Thomas Mair, who was described as a “loner” with a history of mental health problems who had previously subscribed to a far-right magazine. **

Mair, 52, who was arrested by armed officers shortly after the attack, had spoken about receiving “psychotherapy and medication”, and was described by his younger brother as having “a history of mental illness”.

**Despite being born in Kilmarnock, Scotland, a decade-old website posting identified Mair as a subscriber to S. A. Patriot, a South African magazine that was published by the pro-apartheid group, the White Rhino Club.

The club describes the magazine’s editorial stance as being against “multi-cultural societies” and “expansionist Islam”. A blog post attributed to the group, dated January 2006, described Mair as “one of the earliest subscribers and supporters of S. A. Patriot.”**

Mair, whose home is a small, semi-detached house on the Field Head council estate, in Birstall, is said to have lived in the property for 40 years.

Neighbours said that he lived with his grandmother, until she died twenty years ago, and had never had any full-time employment.


How did he get his gun? My impression (which may be completely wrong) is that the UK has strict firearm laws.

The Telegraph suggested the gun was either home-made or an antique.

According to witnesses, Mrs Cox’s killer used either an antique or a home-made gun which he calmly reloaded between shots. As she lay bleeding to death, he repeatedly kicked her before walking away, having stabbed a 77-year-old man who tried to intervene.


Your impression about our firearm laws is right - you can’t buy guns without having a very good reason to have one, and the preparation and licensing regulations for gun ownership are strictly enforced.Most people never hold a real gun in their whole lives.

As you say, witnesses have said the gun looked home-made or old-fashioned.


Praying for the victim. I have no words for this tragedy.:frowning:


Do Christians in anonymous cities have a cherry-picking attitude to prayer for the lonely, the mentally handicapped (which can include those with high IQ) and the mentally ill, where professionals should be seen as overstretched and under-trained?

I ought to be the change I want to see, and to pray 3 Our Fathers daily for these people in my town (if I can’t do anything more “practical” for them).

Perhaps in some towns there is no-one that prays for them, however anonymously, within miles.

We should also pray that wide ranging and creative thinking be modelled more, in our society. It’s unfashionable to think “God will make something work out” but Christians can also contribute to wholesome secular thinking along the lines of “there’s more than one fish in the sea”.

Jesus, feed the minds - everybody’s!


As for the White Rhino people they shouldn’t pose as saviours of civilisation.

Their Dutch Reformed God has brought them out of their “Promised Land” to a new promised land - Yorkshire - where they can “concentrate” on their socialising. They are not bad off and they should realise that.


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