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Are we too complacent about the far right?

Have we been too complacent about the far right? Recent months have seen several prominent acts of violence and terrorism by individuals linked to the broader far right scene in Europe. At the same time, political parties that campaign against immigration, settled Muslim communities and the established mainstream parties continue to poll strongly at elections across the continent. But to what extent have Western democracies been complacent or even dismissive of these organizations, and their supporters? This question was at the heart of a debate yesterday on Big Questions, which included Dr Matt Goodwin from NottsPolitics. Check it out here.

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  1. David David

    I just want to say that this was an interesting debate. I am not an EDL member however I do sympathise with their cause. I hate it when people define the EDL as a racist, facist organisation, especially when you do not have to go far to see that they have members who have non-white ethnicity and also homosexual members. There’s proof it is not one of those rediculous white supremecist organisations. Yes the EDL does have uneducated yobs joining who have a “football factories” style view on things, what do you expect when you can join this organisation by just giving your name and email address. I do not condone their attitudes either. But the EDL’s basic principals (which many of it’s lower ranking members fail to recognise) state that it has no problem at all with muslims who love the UK, who practice and condone peace and tolerance and contribute towards society as we know it, and make an effort to integrate. Those people are normal people, and in the UK we welcome with open arms anyone who is like this regardless of ethnicity, appearance or religion. The EDL wishes to confront those who are the opposite. They are talking about the ones who teach hatred and prejudice towards non-muslims and make no effort to integrate for the sake of their religion. The ones who teach their children to stay away from ours because of religious differences, the ones who burn poppies as a sign of disrespect, the ones who believe democracy and freedom of speech is wrong, the ones who wish the UK to come under the judicial system of Shariah law and destroy British culture and society as we know it; all for the sake of what they feel their religion teaches them. Those are the ones they are against, not the muslim who integrates in the community, shows respect and tolerance towards our way of life and the opinions of others. Politicians do nothing or very little about these issues because they are terrified of being branded a racist. If a bunch of British people went to Saudi Arabia and started demanding alcohol to be legalised, a consumer good that is common place in the UK and Europe, the answer would be no, because they are defending their culture and their way of life as it has been for centuries there. Why should we be any different when it comes to the muslim demand for shariah law in the UK.

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