One of the most worrying developments we have seen in this election campaign has been the emergence of fascist groups acting as ‘muscle’ or henchmen for UKIP. This mirrors the classic pattern of far-right organising where an electoral party is backed up on the street by gangs of thugs, intimidating opponents and pushing forward the party agenda.
There has been a spike in attacks on rival political parties and anti-UKIP campaigners as the election has come closer, especially in Thanet, where Nigel Farage is hoping to be elected.
However, this disturbing link-up between, as BNP splinter group Britain First put it, “UKIP at the ballot box, Britain First on the streets” will not evaporate once the election is over. It is definitely something for anti-fascists and anti-racists to keep our eyes on and attempt to counteract.
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