Hope Not Hate: No Springtime for British Nazis

Here’s a bit of good news from the anti-racism/ anti-religious extremism organisation, Hope Not Hate. Media reports of a resurgence in the Far Right are more than a little exaggerated. They aren’t experiencing a rise. In his piece for ‘The Insiders Blog’, Matthew Collins reports that the NF, BNP, English Defence League and their ilk are still small, nasty and brutal. They have about 200 members in prison, and another forty or so are on remand waiting to be sentenced. And unlike the Nazi party in late Weimar Germany and the first years of the Third Reich, they’re aren’t finding new recruits. The Far Right have less than a quarter of the membership they enjoyed at their peak in 2009, when they had 60 councillors up and down the country.

There has been an increase in racism, but Collins makes the point that, unfortunately, the stormtroopers of British Fascism don’t have the monopoly on it. Much of its increase is due to the referendum coinciding with the World Cup, which always sees a rise in racism. He writes

I hate to sound like a Brexiter, but we are not Europe; this is not Germany and this is not the 1930’s. Much of Nick Griffin’s more palatable rhetoric from the last decade is now so mainstream that you probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between him and a local election candidate on your doorstep. To redress that, Griffin’s gone back to even more extreme ways and was last seen stuffing his face with Goulash in an upmarket restaurant in Budapest- at the EU’s expense.

And concludes

The language and rhetoric now worrying us, should worry us. But perhaps we should worry about the rise of a mainstream where this language, narrative and behaviour has until now been so apparently acceptable.

The article can be read at: http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/blog/insider/far-right-not-rising-the-mainstream-is-just-repeating-4936

I’ve got mixed feelings about this. At one level, it’s very good news that the Far Right aren’t expanding, are still suffering from a shrinking membership. Unfortunately, since the Brexit vote there has been a rise in racist incidents, and the decision to leave the EU has been taken by too many people as making racist views and abuse acceptable. They aren’t, and shouldn’t be.

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One Response to “Hope Not Hate: No Springtime for British Nazis”

  1. 61chrissterry Says:

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