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