The past decade saw the rise of the British National Party, the country’s most successful ever far-right political movement, and the emergence of the anti-Islamic English Defence League. Taking aim at asylum seekers, Muslims, “enforced multiculturalism” and benefit “scroungers”, these groups have been working overtime to shift the blame for the nation’s ills onto the shoulders of the vulnerable. What does this extremist resurgence say about the state of modern Britain?
Drawing on archival research and extensive interviews with key figures, such as BNP leader Nick Griffin, Daniel Trilling shows how previously marginal characters from a tiny neo-Nazi subculture successfully exploited tensions exacerbated by the fear of immigration, the War on Terror and steepening economic inequality.
Mainstream politicians have consistently underestimated the far right in Britain while pursuing policies that give it the space to grow. Bloody Nasty People calls time on this complacency in an account that provides us with fresh insights into the dynamics of political extremism.
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About the Author
Daniel Trilling is an Assistant Editor at the New Statesman, where he has reported on Britain’s far right since 2009. His work has also appeared in the Guardian, Sight and Sound and Frieze. He lives in London.
Table of Contents
1 A Nasty Little Local Difficulty 11
2 Any Colour as Long as It's Black 35
3 The Führer of Notting Hill 51
4 Forget about the Ideas and Think about Selling Them 65
5 The Most Tolerant Race on Earth? 83
6 One Law for Them and Another for Us 103
7 We're the Labour Party Your Parents Voted for 127
8 Good Fences Make Good Neighbours 151
9 Political Correctness Gone Mad 167
Conclusion: Ten Myths about Britain's Far Right 195
What People are Saying About This
Daniel Trilling is a serious reporter who is not afraid to get close to a difficult subject and ask awkward questions.
Racism and the rise of the far-right in Britain are often discussed but rarely understood. Daniel Trilling is an exception … his voice must be heard.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
While the territory covered by this book may be unfamiliar to many readers in the US-- the political scene of the UK from the sixties to present day-- the picture it paints may be all too familiar to the observer of today's politics. The racist, authoritarian agenda of British nationalism in all its guises bears more than a slight resemblance to the creed of many an American Tea Partier.