It has been two years since Brenton Tarrant’s grisly attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. By the end of his rampage, Tarrant had murdered 51 Muslims. In the aftermath, Ben Wallace, who was the UK security minister, warned that something similar “absolutely could happen here”.
So far, thankfully, it has not. Still, Neil Basu, the head of counter-terrorism policing, has said that the far right is the fastest growing terror threat the country faces and is responsible for approximately 10 per cent of counter-terrorism police caseloads. The need to combat the far right also features prominently in CONTEST, the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy, which describes the threat as “growing”.