Inside Story

What’s fuelling hatred and intolerance in the UK?

Racism in Britain is on the rise as well as homophobia, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim violence.

Britain’s new home secretary wants to “prevent migrants taking jobs British people can do” but critics say Amber Rudd’s plans feed anti-foreigner sentiment.

And the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance says that is already a growing problem in the UK.

A new report from the Commission says progress has been made with laws such as the 2010 Equality Act and the government’s hate crime action plan last year.

But there has been a rise in hate speech and violent crimes against homosexuals, foreigners, and specifically Muslims. And politicians are accused of fuelling that hatred.

What is causing this and what can be done about it?

Presenter: Folly Bah Thibault


Denis Fernando – spokesman for Unite Against Fascism

Francois Reyes – founder of Reveil Citoyen, a French think-tank that promotes intercultural dialogue

Claire Fernandez – deputy director of the European Network Against Racism