Far-Right Terrorism Is Now Britain’s Fastest Growing Problem

October 09, 2019

In September, the highest-ranking counterterrorism officer in Britain, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, declared the far-right to be the fastest growing terrorist threat to Britain. According to the Met, in the last year, a quarter of all terrorism related arrests were of...

In Defense of Facebook’s “Ban” of the Far Right’s Dirty Dozen

May 23, 2019

In banning the far right from its platform, Facebook acted like a responsible media provider. In April, Facebook announced its decision to “ban” 12 UK-based individuals and organizations linked to the radical right. Arguing that each sought to "spread hate," Facebook explained that the...

Anti-Muslim Hate Crime Is a New Form of Racism

March 28, 2019

Anti-Muslim hate crime, which spikes following terror attacks, is inextricably intertwined with racism. This article has been difficult to write because I was hoping that, in 2019, I would not need to start talking about international terrorism and how it can impact the streets of Britain....

The Far Right Has a History of Infiltrating the British Army

March 21, 2019

The far right recognizes the value, both in training and in terms of access to arms and equipment, that active and former soldiers bring to its organizations. In early October 2018, a photo emerged that showed former leader of the English Defence League, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy...

The Hidden Success of the Far Right’s “Free Tommy” Campaign

July 11, 2018

If you thought the campaign to free Tommy Robinson was a failure, think again. On June 9, London saw a convergence of thousands of demonstrators to protest the jailing of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, known to most as Tommy Robinson, formerly of the radical-right English Defence League (EDL). Robinson...

The British Radical Right’s Connection to the Past

June 26, 2018

History and legacy provide an explanation as to why the radical right has a stronger presence in some parts of the UK. Anyone listening to the news coverage of the 2018 British local elections would have heard a clear narrative around the radical right — that, at least electorally, things...

The Underlying Radicalism of Brexit

May 23, 2018

It is impossible to understand the Brexit vote and the political culture that has emerged in its wake without appreciating Britain’s lurch to the right. Earlier this year, an intriguing lens was cast on the nature of radical and far-right ideas in post-Brexit Britain. At the center was a...

Islam and the Far Right: Is Bigotry Back?

November 28, 2016

Is the media responsible for the far-right backlash following acts of terrorism? * In 2016 the different types of far-right extremism and its new, lowest-common denominator, anti-Muslim hate incidents, have taken leaps and...