Far right ideology is the idea that one racial group is superior to another and is usually linked to the idea of ‘white supremacy'. In Europe, the roots of far right groups are linked to the fascism and racist nationalism advocated by the Nazis and Mussolini. In the last decade in both the UK and Europe, there has been a noticeable increase in support for far right ideas, with many different far right groups emerging, but whose common themes appears to be opposition to increasing ethnic diversity and the so-called ‘Islamification’ of Europe.
Since around 2010 there has been increased far-right activity in Swansea (by the National Front, Welsh Defence League, and other splinter groups), with periodic street-based protests, sometimes turning into brawls. made up predominantly of young to middle-aged white working class men. Police, schools, colleges and other community safety agencies recognised they did not know what to do about this, and street-based counter-protest seemed an almost provocative response. EYST’s response was to devise the Think project, on the basis that rather than condemn and vilify these groups, we need to seek to understand and engage with the grievances and concerns voiced by these ‘Angry White Men’ as some have called them.
We need to seek to understand and engage with the grievances and concerns voiced by these 'Angry White Men'. The Think Project tries to do this.
We hope that understanding and engaging with this group, particularly the younger participants, may prevent them from becoming further involved and entrenched in this dangerous mindset. Although not deemed as high a threat to the UK as Islamist extremism, the revised UK government Prevent Strategy does recognise the threat to our safety which far right extremist groups present. As such, police officers and counter-terrorism officials are all charged with preventing this behaviour, protecting the public, and pursuing any individuals or groups thought to be promoting extremist ideas or behaviour.