Tackling the far right - a view from Wales

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In last year’s European Elections, far-right parties took nearly 10% of the whole vote, gaining 73 seats out of 751.

Tackling the far right - a view from Wales

The parties who gained seats in the European Parliament election include the Freedom Party of Austria, Danish People’s Party and the Italian League Party. Together, they form the 'Identity and Democracy' parliamentary group.

Why does the trade union movement care about the far right? 

​I grew up in Italy, and I vividly remember how the Lega Nord hijacked populist issues in Northern Italy.  They spread hatred and fear of immigrants. To the Lega Nord, this included Sicilians and Neapolitans moving north for work.

This is not a ‘just’ a race issue, or an LGBT+ issue or an anti-Semitism issue. This is an issue for all of us who care about freedom, equality and community over division. This is an issue for us in the trade union movement.

UKIP no longer has any seats in European Parliament, but they still hold two seats in the Senedd. The far right is a real threat here in Wales.

How can we tackle the far right in Wales? 

We’ve created an interactive eNote to train our members to combat their lies and half-truths. Our new eNote is available in both Welsh and English and will: ​

  • Explain who the far-right are and why we oppose them​
  • Provide practical tips on how to campaign against them​
  • Help you practice answering difficult questions. ​

My favourite part is the ‘having difficult conversations’ section. It takes you through a conversation with ‘Dave’ and his concerns around immigration.  

The aim is not to attack Dave, but to make him look more closely at his views, to subtly change them.

While we want to actively challenge far right views and opinions, we need to do it without driving people like Dave away.

If we don’t do it properly we could end up pushing Dave deeper into the arms of the far right. ​

Why don’t you try it for yourself?