A working-class lad from Wales dons a pig mask and performs a horrifying hate crime in a provocative new drama. It’s time to broach the staggering rise of extremism, its creators say ‘The perception of the far right in this country is outdated,” says Alan Harris, the writer of a provocative new drama, The Left Behind. “We think of skinheads and National Front marches. But things have changed – especially in terms of the online influence.” The phrase “far right” tends to conjure up visions of organised groups: Britain First in the UK, the marchers on Charlottesville in the US. Yet the reality can be far more diffuse. Think of the terrorist attack by Darren Osborne on the Finsbury Park mosque, or the shootings in Christchurch. They were committed by people whose relationship with the far right was forged almost exclusively online. Indeed, Osborne was said to have been radicalised in just three weeks, before he rammed a van into the London mosque, killing one and injuring at least nine more.
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