Another article of mine has been published today, again writing for The Conversation UK – an online collaboration between editors and academics to provide informed news analysis and commentary that’s free to read and republish.
Today’s piece relates to the suggestion last week by a senior government aide about the possibility of the far-right expanding both in terms of numbers of supporters as also the number of groups emerging.
To read the piece on The Conversation’s website – which includes appropriate links – click here.
Alternatively, read on below:
The far right is changing but its anti-Islam message remains
A UK government adviser has suggested that at least five new groups have emerged within the past month to stake a claim to the far-right in the UK. And according to that adviser, the catalyst for their growth has been the increasing presence of Islamic State in the Middle East and the fallout from the inquiry into child sex abuse in Rotherham.
Over the past decade and a half, far-right organisation in the UK and Europe have sought to gain political influence by promoting various incarnations of an insidious anti-Islamic and anti-Muslim ideology. They have taken the kind of discourse once used against Jews and Judaism and applied it to Muslims and Islam. These groups have sought to justify this by claiming the need to halt what they perceive to be the Islamification of Europe.