North East revealed as having highest number of youngsters with far-right sympathies

Hundreds of teenagers in the North East have been reported to the Government for holding extremist views.

And a community leader “fears for the future” as it’s revealed the region has more children at risk of far right radicalisation than anywhere else in the country.

Teachers, police officers and council workers in the North East flagged up the people most at risk of radicalisation by right wing ideology to the Home Office’s Prevent programme, which aims to stop people being drawn in to terrorism, last year. Read Hannah Graham’s article here

TWAFA Comment:  This is both very disappointing and very disturbing news.  It is disappointing, because it flies in the face of the well-documented traditions of tolerance, fairness and solidarity, for which Northeast England is rightly renowned. It is disturbing, not only because a rise in hatred and right-wing views generally, will inevitably cause suffering to innocent people, but also because as, has been proved time and time again, involvement in right-wing politics solves no problems and so often the only place it gets its participants is prison. It is therefore disturbing that so many young people feel that getting involved in something that is clearly such a waste of their lives is a reasonable thing to be doing.

(c) TWAFA November 2017