Tag: English Defence League

Hermeneutical injustice and the far right?

Hermeneutical injustice is defined as the inability to communicate and/ or understand one’s own social experience, owing to a lack of concepts available in society used to define the experience. For example, before Carmita Wood’s introduction of the concept of sexual harassment, individuals were incapable of understanding and communicating this social experience and the significant… Continue reading “Hermeneutical injustice and the far right?”

The Pride of Prejudice: The Radical Right And The LGBTQ+ Community

While racism and xenophobia are central tenets of the radical right, so is homophobia – in spite of efforts to appear as allies to the LGBTQ community. The June 2019 Pride month celebrations worldwide also signaled the 50 year anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. While there may be a sense of progressive evolution towards more… Continue reading “The Pride of Prejudice: The Radical Right And The LGBTQ+ Community”

Mentoring the radical right: talking to a Channel referral and his mentor

“There is no doubt in my mind that by far the most important and effective element of Channel is mentoring.” “The main reason I left the far right was because of my mentor’s guidance.” (Jack, former Prevent referral) Every year in the UK, Prevent helps hundreds of people leave extremist ideologies behind and walk a… Continue reading “Mentoring the radical right: talking to a Channel referral and his mentor”

The DFLA: a(nother) new UK far right movement?

Britain’s far-right undertow turns hostile currents against ethnic and religious minorities into a tsunami of hatred. Pause a moment to register two unloved anniversaries. This spring marks a decade since the first anti-Muslim street movement, the English Defence League (EDL), emerged on British streets. Slowly but surely, the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA), now a… Continue reading “The DFLA: a(nother) new UK far right movement?”

Catalyst or Catharsis: Inside the DFLA Secret Facebook Groups

In October 2018, the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA) took to the streets of London in their thousands to protest against issues such as “returning jihadists” and “rape gangs”. Keen to stress they are not racists but concerned members of the public, a grassroots movement who simply want to be heard, they claim the voice… Continue reading “Catalyst or Catharsis: Inside the DFLA Secret Facebook Groups”

When Are We Going To Take The Threat of The Radical Right Seriously?

Since the events of 9/11 in the USA and 7/7 in the UK, considerable public attention has been paid to issues relating to terrorism, radicalisation, and extremism. As the threats posed by Islamist terrorists have been visible and dramatic, counter-terrorism measures have tended to focus on Muslim communities. In the process of this almost single-minded emphasis,… Continue reading “When Are We Going To Take The Threat of The Radical Right Seriously?”

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

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 had been arrested for breach of the peace… Continue reading “The Hidden Success of the Far Right’s “Free Tommy” Campaign”

The UK’s anti-Islam English Defence League – Still Yesterday’s news on the UK’s radical right scene?

I’m currently (slowly) converting my PhD thesis into a book which will explore how the addition of “right wing extremism” to the scope of the Prevent Strategy impacted on local responses to the English Defence League. A few fellow researchers have asked why I’m bothering to write a book about the anti-Islam street protest movement.… Continue reading “The UK’s anti-Islam English Defence League – Still Yesterday’s news on the UK’s radical right scene?”