The role of the media in the rise of hate crime in the UK is unequivocal. For too long now the right-wing tabloid press in the UK has vilified minorities and vulnerable groups. This vilification is by no means a new phenomenon and has long existed in British Media.
Germany is celebrating the 27th anniversary of her reunification on Tuesday. After the Berlin Wall came down in November 1989, the East and the West merged into one country on October 3, 1990. Ever since, October 3 is Germany's national holiday, German Unity Day.
The political terminology of left, right, extreme left, far right can be a minefield for anybody trying to make sense of their newspaper. Not only are the terms hard to pin down to a precise definition they are also used interchangeably and (often) wrongly, leading to widespread confusion.
What is needed instead is a shift to stakeholder capitalism, a focus on class and economic inequality and an acknowledgement that patriotism and national identity should not be the preserve of the right. The centre-left architects of the successful post-war settlement would recognise this framework immediately.
On 13th October 2015, I crossed the border from Croatia to Hungary, along with hundreds of refugees travelling northwards
2016 was a year of referendums. A year when politicians around the world put some of the biggest questions of our time to the people in a bid to settle them once and for all. But rather than heal divisions, many of last year's votes only further exposed our societies' rifts.
As the old saying goes, it's always darkest just before the dawn. After the roller coaster ride of 2016, most people thought 2017 couldn't possibly be worse. But it's trying its best.
Progressives should be unashamedly contesting right wing ideas, even if those ideas are currently popular among voters. The answer to our present predicament cannot be to hide behind the elitist politics of government by experts, or to embrace the politics of racism that underpins all anti-immigration discourse.
The Urgent Question: How Do We Turn The Voting Public Back To The Centre-Left While Tackling Inequality?
Until the centre-left changes its thinking to better reflect working-class needs, they will become increasingly politically irrelevant, inequality will continue to increase, and working-class workers will turn to parties of the far-right who at least pretend to be listening to their concerns.
While Mair acted alone he was undoubtedly buoyed in carrying out his crime by the climate of bigotry and hatred of 'the other' created by peddlers of the politics of division and scapegoating in the context of a campaign on Britain's membership of the EU that shamed our democracy.