• Far Right,  Trump

    Trump Popular with British Far Right Too and James Thring

    It’s worth noting that Trump isn’t just popular with the Far Right in the States he’s pretty popular with the Far Right in the UK too. Here’s Jez Bedford Turner, currently in prison, talking lovingly about him. This was from a meeting of the London Forum that James Thring spoke at. Here’s a slide from Thring’s talk. Do you think it looks more like a Far Right talk or a Far Left one?

  • Anti Muslim Bigotry,  Far Right

    White House doubles down on Trump’s inflammatory tweets

    Number Ten responded swiftly to Trump’s retweets of anti-Muslim material from extremist Britain First: “Britain First seeks to divide communities by their use of hateful narratives that peddle lies and stoke tensions. They cause anxiety to law-abiding people. “British people overwhelmingly reject the prejudiced rhetoric of the far right which is the antithesis of the values this country represents, decency, tolerance and respect. It is wrong for the president to have done this.” However White House spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, seems either oblivious or indifferent to the problem. Rather than apologising for the error she sought to justify Trump: “The threat is real,” Ms. Sanders said. “The threat needs to be…

  • Far Left,  Far Right,  History

    The neo-Bolsheviks: Corbyn and the alt-Right

    Anne Applebaum, one of the leading historians of the horrors of Soviet Communism, writes on the 100th anniversary of the “Great October Revolution” (which, she notes, was not great, was not in October and was not a revolution): History repeats itself and so do ideas, but never in exactly the same way. Bolshevik thinking in 2017 does not sound exactly the way it sounded in 1917. There are, it is true, still a few Marxists around. In Spain and Greece they have formed powerful political parties, though in Spain they have yet to win power and in Greece they have been forced by the realities of international markets, to quietly…

  • Far Right

    Preventing Katie Hopkins

    Although Katie Hopkins’ proposed speaking engagements in Welsh schools have elicited a good deal of criticism, there has been comparatively little reference to the Prevent Duty in these discussions.  The Prevent Duty, unavoidably, invokes terms and phrases which are open to interpretation. However it could be argued that her visits are in contravention of this duty. Here are a couple of examples taken from an NUT document which might indicate that a pupil is a risk: Pupils voicing opinions drawn from extremist ideologies and narratives. Use of extremist or ‘hate’ terms to exclude others or incite violence British values include: Democracy The rule of law Individual liberty and mutual respect…

  • antisemitism,  Far Right

    Anne Applebaum, Jewish elitist?

    Because she has dared to point out the increasingly authoritarian and conspiracy-minded nature of the Polish government under the Law and Justice party, and to suggest parallels to Donald Trump, the cesspit that is the Breitbart.com website has called the distinguished historian and journalist Anne Applebaum a “Polish, Jewish, American elitist.” The author of the piece (check out the comments for a sampling of old-fashioned rightwing Jew-bashing) is reportedly Jewish, but as we’ve seen in the Labour party and elsewhere, that’s not an automatic exculpation of antisemitism. As Applebaum herself observes: @20committee @davidfrum @Yair_Rosenberg But he needs to sound anti-semitic in order to impress the far-right. It's a career move.…

  • Far Right

    Tommy Robinson’s dubious connections

    This is a guest post by Beeman Since leaving the EDL, Tommy Robinson has retained an active public profile. He now has 131k Twitter followers, co-leads PEGIDA UK, and often does interviews on radio or popular online talk shows. There are multiple reasons to sympathise with Robinson. He has some valid concerns to voice having seen his hometown evolve into one of the very worst areas in the country in terms of Islamism, with Luton notably being the former base of the now banned Al Muhajiroun and a dozen Jihadists who have now travelled to fight in Syria. Robinson has also received some utterly appalling treatment. He has talked of…

  • Far Right,  Israel

    Likud hosts Israeli visit by Austria’s Strache

    You may recall the 2010 visit to Israel and some West Bank settlements by a delegation of far-right European politicians, hosted by a group of far-right Israeli politicians. Among the visitors was Heinz-Christian Strache, head of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ), formerly led by the late antisemite and Nazi sympathizer Joerg Haider. Perhaps Strache’s Israeli hosts hoped the visit would encourage a more favorable attitude toward the Jews, just as Strache hoped it would give his party a teudat kashrut (kosher certification). However the “success” of the visit was called into question a couple of years later, when Strache posted this cartoon on his Facebook page, featuring caricatures of “the…

  • Far Right

    National Action’s ‘White Man March’

    Today National Action plan to march through the centre of Liverpool. For some background to this extreme far-right group, here’s a link to last year’s cross-post from Student Rights, and their report on a brutal attack on a man because he ‘looked Asian’.  The neo-Nazi group insists that only white people can be British and seeks to emulate Greece’s fascist Golden Dawn party. Like the far-right group which recently protested against Shomrim in London (but unlike many anti-Islamisation organisations) National Action is both anti-Israel and antisemitic, and last year one of its members was imprisoned after he sent antisemitic tweets to Labour MP Luciana Berger. Their stated philosophy surreally combines the…

  • Far Right,  Terrorism

    Downplaying the US domestic terror threat

    If people on the Left are often too eager to downplay the Islamic aspect of Islamic terrorism, many on the Right are equally anxious to do the same with the extreme-right and anti-government nature of domestic terrorism in the US. On the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building, which killed 168 people and wounded hundreds more, it’s worth recalling how many people reflexively assumed that Muslims were responsible. (I was living in Israel at the time, but I remember a supposed expert blathering on Israeli TV about how close Oklahoma City was to a place in Kentucky where some suspicious Islamic organization was headquartered. I…