The past decade in the UK has seen the rise of the British National Party, the country's most successful ever far-right political movement, and the emergence of the anti-Islamic English Defence League. Taking aim at asylum seekers, Muslims, "enforced multiculturalism" and benefit "scroungers," these groups have been working overtime to shift the blame for the nation's ills onto the shoulders of the vulnerable. Drawing on archival research and extensive interviews with key figures, such as BNP leader Nick Griffin, Daniel Trilling shows how previously marginal characters from a tiny neo-Nazi subculture have managed to exploit the tensions arising from the War on Terror and from steepening economic inequality. Bloody Nasty People calls time on the complacency that has given the far right space to grow and provides fresh insights into the dynamics of political extremism.
DANIEL TRILLING is an Assistant Editor at the New Statesman, where he has reported on Britain's far right since 2009. His work has also appeared in the Guardian, Sight and Sound and Frieze. He lives in London.