Terror de-radicalisation referral rate in Scotland less than one third per capita of that in England


Protesters at a far-right rally in Glasgow in 2016 (PA)

In UK Bulletin yesterday:

‘Figures from Police Scotland show 15 individuals on the fringes of the far right were referred to de-radicalisation schemes in 2016-2017. That is compared to eight vulnerable individuals formally referred under so-called “Prevent” strand of Britain’s Contest counter-terror strategy in 2015-16. And it tops the entire intake of 13 people who were identified as being at risk of international extremism, including Islamism, in the last financial year.’


This gives a total of 28 referred in 2016/17.

In the Guardian in March 2018:

‘The number of people referred to a UK government counter-extremism programme because of concerns about right-wing extremism has risen by more than a quarter, official figures show. In the year to March 2017, 968 such individuals were referred to Prevent, an increase of 28% from the previous year.’


All things being equal, Scotland with one tenth of the population might be expected to have 96 such referrals rather than only 28.

Earlier reports on extremism:

As Scotsman announces 58% increase in terrorism-related arrests ‘in Britain’, were any made in Scotland? If there were none or very few, why not?

Scotland and Terrorism: Are we safer?

An alternative headline:

‘In Scotland, evidence of right-wing terror risk greater than that of Islamic terror’


12 thoughts on “Terror de-radicalisation referral rate in Scotland less than one third per capita of that in England

  1. Ludo Thierry November 8, 2018 / 8:37 am

    That is really good news for Scotland – Regarding the photo accompanying the article which depicts a far-rightist rally in Glasgow in 2016 – what, precisely, are the ‘white pride’ banner wavers ‘proud’ of?

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  2. gavin November 8, 2018 / 8:38 am

    “Are we safer”?——– I would expect a headline in the Herald from Murdo, our unelectable champion of dross, along the lines that the SNP are failing Scotland by NOT having a proper share of the radicals.
    Murdo seems to have decided to make a media racket while Ruthie is away playing “Mummy” with Finn ( Goads sake, fin’ that wean a toy and shut him up!).

    Perhaps he figures Ruthie wont be coming back, so he will be frontrunner for the job.

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  3. johnrobertson834 November 8, 2018 / 9:44 am

    Perhaps he figures Ruthie wont be coming back, so he will be frontrunner for the job? We can only hope!

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    • gavin November 8, 2018 / 3:13 pm

      Alas, nothing Murdo “figures” ever works out. In a party notorious for “unsuccessful candidates” Murdo stands head and sloping shoulders above the rest, winning none of his many contests and only getting to Holyrood as first reserve when some other non-entity quit, and remaining due to the gallant loser clause, which prevented the Tories from utter, well deserved oblivion.
      But Murdo wasn’t quite finished with losing. Next he lost his Deputy Leader post to Jackson Carlaw, bon vivant of the used car world.

      So, if a Scorrish (sic) Tory election comes up, get all your money on Mr Car-lot. He has the florid, podgy Tory vote in his pocket, along with the Blue Rinsers(same generation).

      Remember, Murdo was mooted as a star, once. A central player in the Tory bottom of the league team. Now, he’s way out on the right wing in the Queens Eleven, fighting relegation with Kenneth’s Carry-on waffling team–half of whom want a transfer.

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  4. Ludo Thierry November 8, 2018 / 5:53 pm

    Given their well merited ‘White Pride’ in their plentiful supplies of lard could their wee White Pride ‘rally’ in Glasgow be renamed ‘The Lardy Gras’? – I think the Lardy Gras should merge with it’s more famous sibling ‘The Mardi Gras’ – I reckon those wee ‘lardy gras’ fellas will go down a right hoot in downtown New Orleans – ‘Let the good times roll!’

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  5. yvonne porter November 9, 2018 / 2:14 am

    White pride, is that a gay thing

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  6. Taylor Madison Ellis November 9, 2018 / 1:31 pm

    Hi, I’ve been recently trying to learn about terrorism and the Middle East, but I never really considered what’s going on in the rest of the world (like Scotland). Do you know what specific terror groups/threats are operating there?


    • johnrobertson834 November 9, 2018 / 4:07 pm

      I think the message is that there is very little terror activity in Scotland. In recent years, I’ve been aware of one case of a minority-muslim shopkeeper murdered by an English muslim and one case of two muslims driving their burning vehicle into the wall of Glasgow Airport with no casualties. Even at the peak of IRA attacks across England in the 70s and 80s there were no such attacks in Scotland. White supremacists are very few in number and any street protests here tend to rely on supporters from England.

      This might be of interest:


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      • Taylor Madison Ellis November 9, 2018 / 4:17 pm

        Ohhh I seem to get it now. And jeez, that article was good! I like how you wrote it with respect and it made everything make more sense. Do you mind if I cite it on my own blog sometime?


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