Britain’s race issue: now and then

Peter Griffiths, Conservative candidate for Smethwick, in 1964. Photograph: Express and Star

Channel 4’s Britain’s Racist Election about the notorious 1964 Smethwick campaign sheds light on our current political climate, says Jasper Rees Controversial: Peter Griffiths campaigning in Smethwick in 1964 in Britain’s Racist Election, Channel 4, 10.00pm Photo: Express & Star Race is proving to be this election’s hot potato, with the meteoric rise of Ukiplinked by … Continue reading

Ukip leader Nigel Farage is desperate to create a green and unpleasant land


IB Times – Nigel Farage thinks Britain has fundamentally changed when it comes to attitudes to race and is now as colour-blind as he claims to be himself.  If we needed further proof of the deep unpleasantness of Ukip Nigel Farage served it up in bucketloads yesterday. When asked by a Channel 4 documentary if there … Continue reading

Ukip founder: Nigel Farage’s influence means the party ‘won’t win a seat’ in the general election


Dr Alan Sked accused Ukip of being ‘obsessed’ with immigration Ukip’s founder has dismissed its chances of returning a single MP to Westminster in May, claiming the party is full of far-right sympathisers led by someone who is “obsessed” with immigration and defends racist behaviour. Dr Alan Sked said the party he established in 1993 … Continue reading

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


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