Wednesday 28 June 2017

We should be more worried about rise of hard left than tiny alt-right

Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy (front left) at an election count in 2016. ‘The AAA is one of the groupings that comprise Ireland’s hard left’ Picture: RollingNews.ie
Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy (front left) at an election count in 2016. ‘The AAA is one of the groupings that comprise Ireland’s hard left’ Picture: RollingNews.ie
David Quinn

David Quinn

When did you first hear of the 'alt-right'? It might have been during the US presidential election, or else in the last few days following the appearance of someone defending the alt-right on 'Claire Byrne Live' on Monday night, an American by the name of Nicholas Pell. Or maybe you still haven't heard of it.

The alt-right isn't a party. It's barely even a movement. In this country, you would need a microscope to find it. Here, it seems to consist of a few people on Twitter who are ferociously anti-immigration.

Aside from despising the left, they also despise conservatives they regard as safe, establishment stooges, that is, people like me. I've been attacked as exactly that on Twitter. This is one reason they call themselves the alt-right. They are the alternative to wimps like me.

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