Britain’s most racist election: the story of Smethwick, 50 years on

Malcolm X in Smethwick

In 1964, the West Midlands constituency of Smethwick was the most colour-conscious place in the country, and the scene of a Tory campaign that successfully exploited anti-immigrant sentiment. How has the town changed in the years since Malcolm X was inspired to visit in solidarity with its minorities? Malcolm X visiting Smethwick in February 1965, … Continue reading

Farage and the manifesto of lies, how UKIP are soaring ahead in the polls

Hitler

Brian Reade on how UKIP is filling a gap left by the main political parties – and that appeals to voters Filling a gap: Douglas-Carswell and UKIP-leader Nigel Farage The BBC Learning Zone website poses this age-old question: “Why did the people of Germany support the Nazis?” And this is what they boil it down … Continue reading

BNP losing the will to live

Julius Caesar

Seriously, artwork by Griffin supporters! The new leadership of the British National Party (BNP) have hit back at their former leader Nick Griffin and his mounting number of rebel supporters over their allegations of financial mismanagement. To put it into context, Nick Griffin seemed very happy with the way things were going in the party … Continue reading

Exposed: Scottish BNP No.2 unmasked as man behind Britain First Defence Force’s sickening invasion of mosques

Britain First Yobs

BRITAIN FIRST’S Scottish EU parliamentary candidate has been exposed as the hatemonger behind his far-right party’s ‘Christian Crusade’ against mosques in the UK. Dowson, far right, and a group of other flag protesters mimic Muslim clothing as they arrive at Belfast Magistrates’ Court A SCOTS extremist is the man behind the sickening invasion of mosques … Continue reading

Is Ukip a party of bigots? Let’s look at the evidence. Their manifesto might just look like a list of things that annoy people, but party members hold some views that should concern us, says Alex Andreou.

UKIP Indian Reservation leaflet

Nigel Farage. Photograph: Getty Images The danger with extremism is that, when filtered through eyes and minds of reasonable people, it appears ridiculous. The reasonable assumption is that others will view it through the same filter and find it equally ridiculous. But, while The Reasonable laugh, support for extremist views creeps up. Because what The … Continue reading

Ukip is now a racist party

Nigel Farage at the UKIP Spring Conference

Dan Hodges is a former Labour Party and GMB trade union official, and has managed numerous independent political campaigns. He writes about Labour with tribal loyalty and without reservation. He is on Twitter at @dpjhodges.   Nigel Farage at the Ukip spring conference. (Photo: Getty) About a year ago I was having a chat with a … Continue reading

This Week in ‘Nation’ History: The European Right—From (Jean-Marie) Le Pen to (Marine) Le Pen—and the Rise of the French Far Right

Jean-Marie & Marine Le Pen

  Next week’s issue of The Nation will feature a report by Stanford Professor Cécile Alduy about the alarming rise of Marine Le Pen and the French far right. In recent years, Le Pen has skillfully, if disingenuously, attempted to scrub her National Front party of the most odious manifestations of the anti-Semitism, racism and outright … Continue reading

National Front past of UKIP star at centre of race row

Victoria Ayling The UKIP councillor at the centre of a racism row was a member of the far-Right National Front, it was claimed last night. Victoria Ayling, a high-profile ‘trusted ally’ of UKIP leader Nigel Farage, joined the openly racist party and attended its rallies as a student, according to her former husband, a friend … Continue reading

BNP men share a dual but different sickness

Imrie: Sex  tourist and racist wants to lend a  helping hand Many, many people in the UK and across the world have donated to the disaster appeal to bring some relief to the people devastated by Typhoon Haiyan that brought death and destruction to the Philippines last week. Even in times of domestic hardship, Britons … Continue reading

The rise of the far right: a European problem requiring European solutions

Marine Le Pen

As Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders unite to wreck the EU, the left must fight for its alternative to economic stagnation at a European level. In the years since the global banking crisis in 2007, commentators across the political spectrum have confidently predicted not only the imminent collapse of the euro – but sooner … Continue reading