UK: Far right supporters - violence is largely inevitable

March 12, 2012 By Tara De Cozar

Far right supporters in the UK believe violent conflict between different religious, racial and ethnic groups is largely inevitable, according to a new survey on political extremism.

From Voting to Violence? Far Right Extremism in Britain examines the beliefs of those identifying themselves as members of the British National Party, the English Defence League or the UK Independence Party. Examining a YouGov survey of 2,152 individuals, Dr. Matthew Goodwin, of The University of Nottingham’s School of Politics and International Relations, and the University of Salford’s Professor Jocelyn Evans found evidence that large numbers of BNP and UKIP supporters endorse the view that violence between different ethnic, racial and religious groups in Britain is largely inevitable, with much stronger agreement amongst the BNP group.

Within the BNP sample, the study also found evidence of support for armed conflict when defending the British way of life.

“It is current and former BNP members who are the most likely to think that violence may be needed to protect their group, and that inter-group is largely inevitable,” said Dr Goodwin. “In contrast, while significant numbers of supporters on the periphery of the extreme right adopt similar views, they are noticeably less extreme in their views than those who are at the core.”

Community anxiety

The study also examined responses to questions on Islam and immigration, finding that large majorities of BNP and UKIP supporters appear absolutely convinced that Islam poses a serious danger to the West.

“Both groups express high levels of anxiety over Islam and its religious institutions,” Dr. Goodwin added. “Both BNP and UKIP supporters would feel bothered by the presence of a mosque in their local community, but to a much higher degree among the BNP supporters.

“BNP supporters in our sample are overwhelmingly concerned about immigration and Muslims, almost to the exclusion of all other issues. Both BNP and UKIP supporters are considerably dissatisfied with the way democracy is functioning in Britain, and again BNP supporters are the least satisfied.”

The authors stress that the report is exploratory rather than a definitive assessment of far right views. Their intention is that this will lead to far bigger research project analysing the beliefs held by far right extremists.

“We want to examine whether these views, taken from a relatively small sample, are specific to the far right in Britain,” said Dr. Goodwin. “This would include a much larger national population and serve to strengthen the evidence base we have, which is currently weak compared to that on religious extremism.”

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More information: Click here to download a copy of the report.

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5 / 5 (2) Mar 12, 2012
Duh. I'll bet this is true of every western country.
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 12, 2012
Well of course. Far right, or far Reichists, are basically the Pope's soldiers, and it is historic fact that all Abrahamic religions, in particular christianity, were constructed out of intolerance by destroying all other religions. The Vatican's behavior in the past two millenia have been perfectly in agreement with the inherent intolerance of believing your god is the most powerful and all beings must bow down before it.

Religion is a mental disease.

BTW I found nothing in the "British way of life" worth defending. Like all empires before it, it is past it's due date. The G5 nations are in a spiral because the world is wiser to their predatory loan-sharking and ponzi paper money schemes.
2.6 / 5 (5) Mar 13, 2012
It's the same with the murderous far right in America.
5 / 5 (1) Mar 13, 2012
Still, regardless of the views of the soft left, the hard right is still capable of noticing the steady onslaught of violent Islam. In these confusingly scary fast-changing days, rigid and imperial religion is very popular, and even the most trivial scan of the Koran, and most casual read of the news of Islamic violence can't be ignored, except perhaps by ostriches.

The kingdom of peace may be visible, but the way to it will lie with the sword. Islam won't have it otherwise. There is no freedom of religion or speech or personal life within Islam, and the mullahs always emerge...
2.3 / 5 (4) Mar 13, 2012
There is no freedom of religion or speech or personal life within Islam, and the mullahs always emerge...
Hmm an xtian murdered 400,000 recently yet you seem desperate to shift the blame elsewhere. Typical xtian nationalist scum.

BTW where is our resident neocon Neuromon? He should be all over an article about his fascist buddies across the pond.
3.3 / 5 (3) Mar 13, 2012
Typical xtian nationalist scum.

I think the lesson everyone should have learned is that the rule of religion should be resisted in all forms, whether it comes from the outside or the inside, because any religion that has set a goal to expand also carries with it harmful dogmas and rhetorics that try to justify it and supress other opinions.

Western societies have had to cope and largely outgrow from that sort of christian absolutism, leaving it back as a sort of retrovirus like Herpes Simplex that only sometimes causes sores, but they haven't dealt with Islam and its absolutism yet, so that's a more acute problem than you'd think.

Unfortunately it's difficult to be anti-religion and therefore anti-Islam without being lumped into the "far right nationalist" category by the far left, who like to supress dissenting opinion in exactly the same fashion as the religions, through basically calling everyone who disagrees a nazi or a facist, as compared to infidel and immoral.
1 / 5 (1) Mar 13, 2012
The polarization of social tension is a typical manifestation of poor economical situation. It's just another consequence of twenty years standing ignorance of cold fusion research with ignorant mainstream physics, which is responsible for the contemporary situation heavily. In our society everything is connected with everything and every ignorance and censorship comes with its price later.
not rated yet Mar 13, 2012
Typical xtian nationalist scum.
I don't believe in cosmopolitanism very much. Even in the nature the species and races don't mix: the animal herds don't like the strangers, in this sense they're naturally xenophobic. We can just ask, why is it so - the homogeneity of population decreases the risk of parasites and diseases, it makes the natural selection more effective. The government which organized immigration for the sake of low price of human work now just suffers with consequences: every saving comes with it's price later. At the case of war the immigrants are always serving as a fifth colony: for example they served as a evasion for annexation of our country with Nazi Germany in 1939.
1 / 5 (1) Mar 13, 2012
Even in the nature the species and races don't mix: the animal herds don't like the strangers, in this sense they're naturally xenophobic.

That's the naturalistic fallacy though.
Just because something happens doesn't mean it should be that way.

And they do. Hybrids sometimes happen where possible. It's just less likely that two species can cross and produce viable offspring.
it makes the natural selection more effective.

Which isn't necessarily the same with cultural evolution.
not rated yet Mar 13, 2012
The people aren't bacteria stems. The people who argue, the mixing of genomes makes the population more prone against mutations are forgetting, that in the nature every process has its optimal level: the small number of mutations or immigrants is beneficial for society, but the extensive immigration will disintegrate it instead. The rational, balanced thinking in the spirit of dualities of dense aether model is what I'm missing here. Every action has its pros and cons here. This is simply how the physical reality works.

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