So says Jonathan Birdwell, the deputy director of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), quoted in an article in the Sunday Times today by the liberal media’s favourite academic when talking about all things ‘far-right’, Matthew Goodwin.
With the lurid headline “Hate Inc”, the article discusses the alleged rise in ‘far-right’ terrorism across the world and in the UK echoing the state’s narrative that equates concern about mass immigration with Islamist militancy.
It highlights the 2016 murder of Labour MP Jo Cox and in a photo caption claims Jack Renshaw, convicted for plotting to kill another Labour MP, was the leader of the now banned National Action youth group, which is false.
Goodwin himself interviewed sixty ‘far-right’ activists (mainly members or former members of the BNP) for his PhD thesis ten years ago, which he later turned into a book about the BNP. He quotes “Steve” from Lancashire expressing concern about mass Third World immigration and the idea of “white genocide” (related to the ‘Great Replacement’ slogan now used by identitarians) which says white Europeans will soon be wiped out as a result of mass immigration, miscegenation, state-enforced multiculturalism and higher birthrates among non-white ethnic minorities.
Later in the article, he quotes various people involved in the fight to counter such idea, including Jonathan Birdwell. Goodwin writes: “Birdwell has worked on countering extremism for more than a decade and thinks that we should b doing far more to disrupt the far-right by using legislation to tighten social media rules.”
Later in the article, Goodwin also writes: “When I asked Birdwell what keeps him up at night, he points to the ideas. “I am very, very concerned about the Great Replacement conspiracy and the potential it has to justify violence It just ticks all the boxes. It is a story about an existential threat to one’s core identity,” he says. This is why many are working urgently o the second key pillar – the need to offer competing narratives, to accept that there are legitimate concerns about immigration, but to push back against the conspiratorial and apocalyptic claims of the far-right.”
Goodwin concludes his article with a nod to the conflicting narratives in the piece: the massive change mass immigration will inevitably bring to the host countries and the state’s efforts to smear those at the receiving end of this transformation.
Goodwin writes: “Of all the people I spoke to for this article, every single one thought that the threat from far-right violence is growing. Given current rates of immigration and ethnic change across the West, those who feel concerned by the way in which our societies are changing look set to feel even more alarmed in the years to come.”
So what is the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), who is behind it and where is it based?
The think tank is based in London, a city that over the decades has seen the native English/British population visibly replaced by non-white mass immigration from the former British Empire and the Third World.
Established in 2006, it has seemingly “pioneered policy and operational responses to the rising challenges of violent extremism and inter-communal conflict” despite openly welcoming the causes of that conflict, namely globalisation and ongoing mass immigration.
And the founder of ISD was George Weidenfeld, later becoming a life peer, who died in 2016, the British-based publisher and journalist, who was also a staunch Zionist and master networker pushing global causes to his political friends, which included the current German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, who opened Europe’s borders to over one million Third World migrants in 2015.
So much for those pesky ‘Great Replacement’ conspiracy theories, eh?