Hate : My Life in the British Far Right Paperback
What do you do when everything you know and believe in crashes around you in a hail of fists and boots, flying chairs and broken glass? And not just once, but seemingly every time you leave the house?
When it seemed that no one was listening, that Matthew Collins was just another white face from a council estate, and that there was nowhere else to go and nothing else to do, the violence and racism of the far-right offered him an alluring escape from the mediocrity of school, work and boredom. In 1980s Britain, the belligerent sentiments of a few hundred lonely white men went almost unnoticed, but this tiny minority had grand designs.
Ignored and marginalised, and fuelled by alcohol and violence, they built a party that would go on to hold seats in council chambers across England and in the European Parliament. Hidden behind those large Union Jack flags were individuals - Collins included - seemingly prepared to bomb and kill to make their violent dreams a reality. But what do you do when you realise that the burning hatred, vehement patriotism and thirst for confrontation that haunts you - from the playground to the pub to the ballot box - stems from your own insecurities and isolation?
The answer? You switch sides.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages, Illustrations, ports.
- Publisher: Biteback Publishing
- Publication Date: 06/06/2012
- Category: Memoirs
- ISBN: 9781849543279
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Review by Daftboy1
Easy to read book about Matthew Collins growing up and joining the racist National Front he slowly but surely sees the error of his ways and eventually double crosses his old chums and assists Searchlight the anti fascist group. OK book bit boring in places easy to read although some of the characters in this book will leave you thinking glad I never bumped into him.