2 "I’m off to the seaside but not for a holiday,” said presenter Alice Levine at the start of Sleeping with the Far Right (Channel 4). “It’s a journey into the unknown.” In a bid to understand why extremist attitudes are on the rise throughout the Western world, Levine spent a week in Southport living with far-right activist Jack Sen: an erstwhile UKIP parliamentary candidate who was expelled for sending anti-Semitic tweets to MP Luciana Berger. Sen later joined the BNP, but was suspended by them too. To get spurned by both UKIP and the BNP is a strange sort of achievement, so what sort of cartoonish monster would we meet? At first, Sen was charming and welcoming. Surprisingly, his accent had... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article … [Read more...] about Sleeping with the Far Right, review: Alice Levine’s attempt to play nicely with activist Jack Sen backfired
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CHANNEL 4 is getting ready to air a highly thought-provoking and controversial documentary TONIGHT. Here's everything you need to know about Sleeping with the Far Right and its presenter Alice Levine. Who is Alice Levine? Alice, 32, is a British model and broadcast presenter. The Nottingham native born on July 8, 1986, studied English at the University of Leeds. She is best known for presenting on BBC Radio 1 and her podcast My Dad Wrote a Porno with her university friends Jamie Morton and James Cooper. You may also remember him from her stints on Big Brother's Bit on the Side, The Hot Desk and Taskmaster. She also presented backstage at the 2017 Brit Awards, which was aired on ITV2. When is Sleeping with the Far Right on? Sleeping with the Far Right will be on our screens TONIGHT (Thursday, February 21, 2019). You can catch it on Channel 4 at 9 pm. Those that miss the installment can catch the episode on All 4 shortly after its broadcast. The show will see Alice Levine spend … [Read more...] about Who is Alice Levine and what is her new documentary Sleeping with the Far Right about?
The French Minister for European Affairs already crosses swords on a regular basis with the far-right Rassemblement National and its fake news. This could prove useful practice for the upcoming election campaign. EURACTIV France reports. Faced with Marine Le Pen at the French National Assembly’s foreign affairs committee, French Minister for European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau calmly confronted inaccuracies by the Rassemblement National (RN) leader. The sequence from 12 February is worth a watch, almost acting as a trial run for the European elections, with En Marche getting ready to act patiently and calmly when faced with the far-right’s repeated lies. At a question and answer session dedicated to the Treaty of Aachen between France and Germany, Le Pen again criticised “a treaty of totalitarian inspiration” which “envisages sharing France’s seat at the UN Security Council”, prompting a reply from Loiseau. “Ms Le Pen, repeating a lie … [Read more...] about Macron’s LREM targets the far-right at European elections
In a small Berlin café a number of ageing ladies hold regular meetings. It’s a scene you can see in any average town or city, any day of the week. It’s always nice to catch up with family news or the latest purchases over a chocolate brownie or scone bulging with cherries. The only thing at risk is our waistlines. Not so in Berlin. Those Berlin ladies have a different agenda altogether, one they probably never imagined they would have to fight for. Germany is a sophisticated country these days, holding considerable clout in the European Union having put the awful past behind it or so it seems. And that’s how the ageing ladies who call themselves Omas gegen Rechts (Grannies against the Right) want to keep it. But they have a job on their hands. They fear the resurgence of the Far-right in their country, now very evident in political life there, and they’re anxious that young people realise how sinister this is.Their movement actually began in a similar way … [Read more...] about Granny power highlights danger of the Far-right
David Neiwert has lived in his Seattle neighbourhood for decades. But it, like the US, has changed beyond recognition around him. Once upon a time, the journalist and author of the book Alt-America explains, “most of the houses were older, but they were cheap. They were places where working-class people who work on these fishing boats out here” – he gestures towards the docks at Salmon Bay – “could live, right? You know, 500 bucks a month. It all got torn down during the gentrification phase and replaced with multistorey condos that cost $1,500 or $2,000 a month.” Amazon, whose headquarters are in Seattle, “changed the city”, he says. “All the folks who work on those fishing boats are still in the neighbourhood, but they’ve got no place to live. They’re all living on the street.” He offers a characteristic wry grin. “We’ve got a lot of motor homes around the neighbourhood now.” Neiwert has spent … [Read more...] about ‘We’ve dug ourselves a really deep hole’ – David Neiwert on the rise of the far right