Book review: Bloody Nasty People By Daniel Trilling


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The Independent Culture

Trilling's clear-eyed endeavour to chart the rise of the far-right in Britain begins with a meeting with Nick Griffin, chairman of the British National Party in 2011, and proceeds backwards, first to the 1990s and the rise of the BNP, then the birth of the National Front in 1967, and beyond.

We learn not just about key figures such as BNP founder John Tyndall but hear, most fascinatingly, from ordinary people who became right-wing supporters. Longlisted for the Orwell Prize, this courageous debut explores the root causes of racism, the role of the EDL and mainstream political debate on immigration.