TV discussion: Will the rise of the far-right influence government policy?
Even without winning any seats, far right parties matter if they cause other parties to change policy.
I dispute whether this has occurred in the UK.
Transmitted 24 June 2014. Posted 16 July 2014.
On 24 June 2014 the Islam Channel's "Analysis" programme discussed whether the rise of the far-right in British politics was influencing, or might influence, the policy of the government and other mainstream political parties. I took part in the programme via Skype.
The presenter was Jonathan Steele and the panel comprised:
Dr Gavin Bailey, a sociologist and post-doctoral research associate at the University of Leicester.
Joseph Mulhall, a postgraduate research student at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Sadly parts of the media, although not quality newspapers such as the "Financial Times" use scare stories about Muslim extremists as a way of increasing newspaper sales.
I summarised the British values which the Department for Education now makes a condition of its funding agreements.
You can watch the entire 21 minute discussion below.
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