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Anglesey named in anti-racism report as one of the areas ‘most at risk’ from far-right extremism

01 Nov 2021 3 minutes Read
Passenger Terminal Building, Holyhead. Picture by David Dixon (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Anglesey has been named as one of the areas most at risk from far-right extremism in a report by Hope not Hate.

The advocacy group that campaigns against racism and fascism identified 52 areas vulnerable to the rise of far-right extremism in England and Wales – with Anglesey the only part of Wales included.

Each of the 52 areas have been singled out as they suffered a significant downturn in the pandemic, have a history of slow recovery from economic shocks, and display “less liberal than average” attitudes to migration and multiculturalism, Hope not Hate said.

According to the report’s authors Anglesey was less diverse than other areas and could be particularly affected by the pandemic because of its reliance on tourism.

“These places often have a lower skills base than the national average, and a lower level of economic resilience, hence they may be less able to bounce back from a major economic hit,” they said.

“But they are also less likely to have experienced major issues around acute poverty or unemployment prior to the coronavirus outbreak.

“Local attitudes in these areas, which are mostly Conservative-controlled, are often socially conservative, though there is little history of high-profile cohesion challenges.”

‘Resilience’

The report also found that more than three-quarters of the British public do not have faith in Boris Johnson’s plans to level up society.

Some 59% of people polled by the charity Hope not Hate did not believe the Prime Minister will succeed in levelling up the country, while a further 21% do not know if he will be successful.

It commissioned Focaldata to survey 1,512 respondents between July 20 and 21.

Rosie Carter, head of policy at Hope not hate, said: “To truly succeed in ‘levelling up’ and to fill the public with confidence in the Government’s ability to create meaningful change, we need to look beyond definitions of ‘levelling up’ which relate purely to economic infrastructure.

“We need the Government to ‘build back resilient’ instead, by investing in integration and by supporting community groups, which strengthen community resilience but have been lost to years of austerity.”

A UK Government spokeswoman responded: “Levelling up all corners of the UK is at the very heart of this Government’s agenda.

“We are empowering local leaders to seize their own destiny by funding projects that support social cohesion and tackle hate crime, enabling communities to thrive.”

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hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago

Ynys Mon is at risk …. because of the increase in white flighters with those kinds of attitudes. The same white flighters who call the Welsh “fascist” when there are calls for more respect for the language and culture. That’s what you get with this modern take on colonialism.

Dale McElwee
1 month ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Ifan Bach – you left this disgraceful bigotry in, but deleted any criticism of it.

Is that really worth cadging Lloyd Warburton’s dinner money for?

Llywelyn ein Llyw Nesaf
Llywelyn ein Llyw Nesaf
1 month ago

‘At risk’? Look at who they’ve elected as MP…

Mathew Rees
Mathew Rees
1 month ago

This comes as no surprise. Urban England is rapidly Islamising, and the natives see Wales as a white paradise. I remember the first wave of Brummies and west Midlanders who moved to Ceredigion en masse in the 1980s.

There needs to be an honest conversation about Islamic immigration to England and the knock-on effects in Wales, but it will never happen.

Jeff
Jeff
1 month ago
Reply to  Mathew Rees

There is no question that there is cause and effect between the colonisation of many areas of England by people from the third world and the escape of many English people into Wales. The irony is that very many of the English who move to Wales are having exactly the same colonising effect here, but they either won’t or can’t see it.

j humphrys
j humphrys
1 month ago
Reply to  Mathew Rees

Your minus score shows you are correct.

Mathew Rees
Mathew Rees
1 month ago
Reply to  j humphrys

Exactly!

anon
anon
1 month ago

The strangest county in Wales as far as I’m concerned. I remember anti-immigration marches taking place throughout the island about 10 years ago, protesting against anyone who wasn’t like them. If you’re Polish, Portuguese, or Persian you’re not welcome but if you’re rich, posh, English, and a British Nationalist you’ll be welcomed with open arms.
Drive around Anglesey at any time apart from a few months in summer and you’ll find lifeless community after community, stripped of any soul or dynamism but apparently, this is the fault of foreigners or the left. The disconnect is utterly flabbergasting.

j humphrys
j humphrys
1 month ago
Reply to  anon

Mon actual voting figures show your comment to be politically incorrect.

Lowri
Lowri
1 month ago

The authors of the report are far left extremists.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
1 month ago
Reply to  Lowri

The authors are Focaldata who worked for the Conservatives in the 2019 election so you are claiming that Boris and his government are far-left extremists.

Nice one!

Lowri
Lowri
1 month ago
Reply to  Kerry Davies

The report was written by Hope not Hate!

Grayham Jones
1 month ago

It’s time for Anglesey to stop being little Englanders and be proud to be welsh kick all English party’s out of Anglesey and start fighting for your children and grandchildren future in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

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