Tash Shifrin

UKIP: A breeding ground for racism

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Ukip's success in last month's council elections underlined its move from the margins to a more significant force. Tash Shifrin looks at the roots of its emergence and how we should respond

We have had an ugly month of May, drenched by a double wave of racism. On 3 May the racist Ukip sailed in on a high spring tide, its 25 percent share of the vote in the county council elections making it the new third party in British politics. The party's triumph followed a campaign based on anti-immigrant scaremongering.

Bloody Nasty People

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Daniel Trilling

This book traces the history of the British National Party (BNP), from its Nazi roots to 2011, in an account that restates anti-racist principles. This stance is welcome as Labour's Ed Miliband joins the chorus scapegoating immigrants.

Its strength is its detailed illustration of how the racist rhetoric of the media and mainstream politicians has boosted the BNP, continually legitimising its poisonous politics. Trilling dismantles the racist myths in turn.

Britain's Nazi's in a state of flux

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The fascist British National Party is nearing collapse, while the racist English Defence League has been contained by successful anti-fascist mobilisations - but the climate in society means they are very likely to regroup. Tash Shifrin looks at shifting alliances among Britain's far right.

In the first week of May the two wings of fascism - the suit-wearing electoral wing and the boot boys on the streets - will both face a test. The British National Party (BNP) and other fascist organisations will field candidates in the 3 May local elections with the vote for Greater London Assembly members set to be the key battleground.

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