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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Now, would you take this man home to meet the parents? An interesting spot by Political Scrapbook that says a lot about the politics of the English Defence League. This morning Tommy Robinson (or Stephen Yaxley-Lennon or Andrew McCaster or Flimbo the Amazing Clown or whatever his name really is) tweeted a link complaining about … Continue reading
The BNP is having another facelift. But its new poster boy Jack Buckby is just an old-school nationalist
British nationalism has got itself a brand new face. Jack Buckby isn’t exactly the boy next door, but he could be the hipster sitting at his laptop next to you in Starbucks (“working on a novel” – yeah, right). Young, educated, articulate, John Lennon glasses, excessive facial hair, ironic satchel: the only unusual things about … Continue reading
Bloody Nasty People, By Daniel Trilling. Media support for racist extremism has helped to make legitimate the new politics of hatred
Tide of rage: members of the English Defence League demonstrate. Daniel Trilling has written an instructive account of white extremism in Britain. For this immigrant Muslim, reading it felt like a trek through a lightless jungle with fierce beasts and unseen, stalking, implacable tribes. The intimations of savagery produced a psychic shakiness … Continue reading
The far right is fragmenting. The BNP is in freefall but there is potential for one of its many rivals to move into the space it vacates.
Last week, a new report on the English Defence League was released. Detailing the key personalities within the movement and their links to the global “counter-jihad” movement, the document sought to set out what “really lies behind” the group that attracts considerable attention but remains little understood. The author, however, was not a researcher, campaigner … Continue reading