Woolwich attack and the far right: three points to consider when the dust settles | Matthew Goodwin

In the wake of the spike in far-right activity, the risk of ‘cumulative extremism’ is one of the issues that should occupy minds The horrific murder in Woolwich has already triggered a disturbing chain of events. In less than 24 hours, the number of supporters of the far-right English Defence League’s (EDL) Facebook page has rocketed more than threefold, from around 25,000 to over 75,000. Then, in response to the group’s online call for “feet on streets” and its claim that “we are at war”, about 100 EDL activists descended on Woolwich to “tell the religion of peace that we don’t need them here”, and threw missiles at police

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Woolwich attack and the far right: three points to consider when the dust settles | Matthew Goodwin